PESHAWAR - Pakistan Reh-e-Haq Party threatened to launch a protest movement against PTI led government if powers were not delegated to elected nazims and councillors of the province within a month.

This was decided at a convention of the elected nazims and councillors affiliated with Pakistan Rah-e-Haq Party held here on Sunday with its chief and former MPA Hakim Mohammad Ibrahim Qasmi in the chair at its provincial headquarters.

In his speech, Ibrahim Qasmi said that PTI led-provincial government had claimed time and again the KP elected nazims and councillors would have much power than that of Punjab and Sindh and Balochistan provinces, but unfortunately, the provincial government had yet to delegate the powers which is regrettable.

To press government in this regard, “We will organize conventions of councillors and nazims of various political parties to sensitize them,” while in the second round protest demonstrations would be arranged across the province. This unfriendly attitude of PTI to its own propagated local government system would certainly weak the system, which would be not in the interest of all, thus it was demanded of the government to back the system by giving powers and rights to the elected people representatives, Qasmi added.

A number of elected nazims and councillors attended the first convention where it was also addressed by others who in their speeches said that CPEC would be the backbone of Pakistan’s economy, however, if KP was ignored in it, then, Pakistan Rah-e-Haq party would start a protest demonstration against the move.

They welcomed the unity shown by various political parties that they would not allow center to usurp their rights anymore adding that they would be shoulder to shoulder with them, adding that they would raise voice for provincial rights as this province has been passing through critical times since long.

Huner Mela concludes: The Three-day Huner Mela or artisans at works comes to an end with the melodious voice of Sara Raza Khan, Pakistan national singer.

The event which witnessed the biggest crowd ever for Peshawar was organized by the Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, at PIA Planetarium near Ghani Bagh Phase 2 Hayatabad.

The visitors, including women, children and families enjoyed the traditional Hazara, Kalash Khattak, Mehsud, Attan, Chitrali, Gatka, Attan Ball and Bangash dances and the music performed by Hamayun Khan, Bakhtiyar Khan, Banu Rehmat and Sara Raza Khan which made the event colourful and attractive.

The three-day artisans at work festival included 50 stalls of traditional handicrafts and food. Among the stalls were artisans from Chitral, Kohistan, Kalash, Bannu, Dir, Swat, Kohat, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi and other regions have established stalls to display handicrafts, embroidery, Taghar work, Bannu Royal Khaadi, stone carving, Peshawari caps, wax painting, metal work, wood carving, artwork, calligraphy, ring making, sitar making, Chitrali Patti, Gandhara Art, Drooza chappal, Sarghashay, Charsadda chapal, maizaray work, Karawa work, Sarkha, Dandas, Parunay, pottery work, blacksmith work, Hazara Jisti Shawl and Moti work and a lot of other items.

In food items, the stalls consisted of Ghatai Rojai, Saag and Jowar ki rotai, Painda, Chapal Kabab, bar-b- q, Mardan Pairai and other sweets of the region.

A separate pavilion was set up for the Kalash, which represented their unique culture and traditions. For many people it was the main attraction, stated Saima Ali, a visitor from Peshawar city who had come especially to Hayatabad to attend the event.

Depicting the culture of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a Hujra was also set, which included male sitting sipping green tea and narrating stories to the younger generations, stated Murad Khan another visitor who had come to the festival with his teenage children. He further remarked, “This is the first time the children witnessed a Hujra culture and enjoyed it tremendously, apart from it being a big learning experience also for them.”

The biggest highlight of the event was the fireworks which were for ten minutes and mesmerized the audiences a great deal.