PESHAWAR  - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Friday passed a unanimous resolution, demanding of the federal government to keep Lowari Tunnel open for vehicular traffic for five hours a day during winter season.

The joint resolution on the issue was moved by Provincial Minister for Population Welfare, Saleem Khan and Anwar Khan of PPP were also carrying the signatures of the parliamentary leaders of PPP, Abdul Akbar Khan and ANP’s Bashir Ahmad Bilour.

In the resolution, both members said that due to heavy snowfall Lowari Top, Lowari Pass road has been closed for vehicular traffic and hundreds of people were stranded on both sides of the tunnel.

Through the resolution they demanded of the provincial government to take up the matter with federal government for directing National Highway Authority (NHA) for keeping the tunnel open for five hours a day (5/7) every of week till the end of the winter season and reopening of Lowari Pass for traffic to minimize the problems of the people of landlocked district Chitral.

Earlier, the movers pleaded the chair for suspension of the rules of procedure to allow the presentation of the resolution. The chair put the resolution to verbal vote and the whole house replied with unanimous ‘Yes’ to pass the resolution unanimously.

Meanwhile, the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a unanimous resolution demanded of the Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) for charging domestic gas price from mosques and religious seminaries in the province.

The resolution was moved by Mufti Kifayatullah of JUI-F was also supported by the parliamentary leaders of PPP and ANP in the house. In this resolution, Mufti Kifayatullah said that in past Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) was used to charge price fixed for domestic consumers, but now they are treated as commercial consumers.

He said that like other parts of the country, the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are also suffering due to this policy of OGRA. Therefore, he said the provincial assembly should recommend to the federal government to direct OGRA for charging domestic consumers price from mosques and seminaries. The resolution was adopted unanimously.