Gul Hamaad Farooqi

CHITRAL

Traders of Drosh protested against the police for “harassing” various traders in a raid conducted to recover narcotics from his shop on a tip-off.

A meeting was held at Haider Abbas market under the chair of Haji Sher Wali Khan, the president of Trade Union Drosh. The protesters said that Drosh police raided the shops of Sher Bahadar and his brother Sher Akbar alleging them for selling Hashish (narcotics) but they could not recover prohibited drug from their shops. The police damaged some milk cottons and other things. They said that police harassed peace-loving traders on behalf of some blackmailers but never took action against the real drug traffickers.

They said that trade union is totally against drug trafficking and will fully cooperate with the police sincerely but unfortunately the police never arrest them. They alleged that Sub Divisional Police Officer Zafar Ahmad used official vehicles for hunting of ducks in pond on the bank of Chitral River which is totally illegal.

They also alleged that some levies personnel visit Drosh market and blackmail the local traders and demanded that the additional assistant commissioner himself should visit the market for checking.

They flayed the Drosh police raid on the shops and demanded an inquiry into the issue. They said that the “victims” were respectable persons of the area.

A unanimous resolution was also passed during the protest. They threatened complete shutdown if their demands of exposing the mafia behind the wrong information was not disclosed. The trades demanded that the chief minister of KP and the IGP should launch an inquiry into the issue.

Those spoke on the occasion included Abdul Bari, Haji Gul Nawaz, Haji Shad Muhammad, Mufti Mahmoodul Hassan of JUI-F, Akmal Bhutto of PPP, Khush Nawaz, Haji Sher Bahadar, Haji Sher Akbar and others.