KHYBER AGENCY - Traders and shopkeepers of Landi kotal Bazaar suspended their business activities and staged a protest demonstration against kidnapping of their colleague here on Friday.

Holding banners and black flags, the protesters chanted full-throated slogans against the broad daylight abduction of a shopkeeper from his shop. They demanded the political administration for safe and early recovery of the local trader. The protest led by Anjuman-e-Tajiran Landi kotal Bazaar marched from the Bacha Khan Chowk to Landi kotal Press Club. 

President of Anjuman-e-Tajiran Landi kotal Bazaar Lal Rahim Shinwari, Vice President Gul Rahim Shinwari and General Secretary Amjad Khan Shinwari criticised the political administration Landi kotal officials for their failure to recover the abducted shopkeeper. “The officials have so far not taken any action against the culprits who were known to them,” they alleged.

They observed that the heinous crime had taken place in broad daylight, which created panic and sense of insecurity among the local shopkeepers. The protesters said that they had lodged a complaint with the office of Assistant Political Agent (APA) Landi kotal but to no avail.

The angry mob warned that it was unacceptable to traders and journalists’ community to pressurize them by such mean tactics.

They warned if the abducted shopkeeper was not recovered forthwith then the Pak-Afghan Highway would be blocked for all kinds of traffic.

The Landi kotal Bazaar has more than 2,000 shops dealing in different types of daily commodities. The closure of the bazaar has multiplied miseries of the residents and Afghan citizens who daily cross the Torkham border and buy goods of their needs from the bazaar. When the administration official was contacted on the matter, he said that notices to the Bazaar Zakhakhel elders have been issued to insure safe release of the abducted shopkeeper.

It is merit mentioning here that some armed persons of Zakha khel Tribe abducted a cloth merchant Irfan from Landi kotal Bazaar two-day back and shifted him to an unknown place in Bazaar Zakha khel area of tehsil Landi kotal.