KHYBER AGENCY - Hundreds of local traders, shopkeepers, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) workers, and tribesmen organized a protest demonstration against the prolonged power off, water shortage here in Landi kotal bazaar on Tuesday.

The angry protestors were holding banners inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands. They were chanting slogans against TESCO and political administration and claimed that they have deliberately turned their blind eye towards their grievances. They took a rally from Landi Kotal Press Club to Bacha Khan Chowk in Landi Kotal where the rally turned into a public gathering.

Speaking on the occasion, JI Naib Ameer Fata and JI candidate for NA-45, Zarnoor Afridi, strongly condemned the prolong and unjustified power outage by TESCO, adding the constant power suspension of supply has disturbed the routine life of local tribal.

He said that all tube wells remained nonfunctional, which has created scarcity of potable water.

He alleged that TESCO officials divert the tribal areas electricity supply share to factories in Hayatabad and have compelled local traders to shift their business to down town in Peshawar. Out of 24 hours 20-30 minutes resumption of electricity to the area is stepmother behaviour towards tribesmen of Landi Kotal, he regretted. Accusing the administration officials Afridi said that they are busy in making black money while residents have started migration to Peshawar and other cities due to lack of life facilities in Landi Kotal.

He also came hard on the Member of National Assembly (MNA) from the constituency and said, MNA Noor-ul-Haq Qadri has forgot his voters and since his election as MNA he never visited them to ask their miseries. He totally failed to address sufferings of the local tribesmen, he remarked.    

Zarnoor Afridi said that the game played with the local people would no more be tolerated.

He threatened that if power supply was not restored, they would come out to streets and block the Pak-Afghan highway as protest for all kinds of traffic.

JI Landi Kotal Chapter leaders, Abdur Rauf Shinwari, Muqtadar Afridi and Banaris Shinwari also addressed the protesters.