CHITRAL: Hundreds of flood and earthquake affected people of Sub Division Mastuj in Chitral district protested and staged a sit in at main square Mastuj. The angry protestors also blocked main Gilgit, Mastuj and Chitral road. They also held a public meeting under the chair of Abdul Reman vice Nazim of Mastuj.

Addressing the agitated participants, leaders of the area said that this area was badly affected by flood in July 2015 and by earthquake on 26th Oct 2015 later on, but it has been completely ignored by authorities.

They said that Additional Assistant Commissioner Mastuj Muhammad Saleh and Tehsildar Noorddin snubbed them and did not issue relief cheques, to affected people despite visiting their offices time and again.

They alleged that these officers issues cheques to their near and dear ones and totally deprived deserving people. They said that government announced and released fund for blacktopping of Booni to Shandor road, but the fund was embezzled by contractors and staff of communication and works department. They were also arrested by anti-corruption wing but after dealing with them they are still performing their duties without any punishment.  

They said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif announced for writing off of agriculture bank loans but the bank staff was still demanding for their loan.

They demanded for early construction of Booni to Shandor road, distribution of financial relief cheques among the affectees of Mastuj sub Division and issuance of notification regarding retirement of bank loan.

MNA Chitral Shahzada Iftikharuddin also participated in protest public meeting who also demanded for giving relief to affected people of Mastuj Tehsil.  A large number of people including of women folk and ladies councilors also participated in the sit in and protest.