TIMERGARA: Hundreds of former Dir state employees from Lower and Upper Dir on Sunday held a protest rally in Munda against the district administration and demanded the government allot them the land disputed between them and heirs of the Nawab of Dir.
They also announced to bring their women and children on the roads if the government and administration failed to allot the land to them. The protesters led by leaders of ex-employees of Dir state also blocked the main road briefly.
The former Dir state was merged into Pakistan in 1969.
The ex-employees were allotted land for agricultural purposes in return of their services. The heirs of Nawab of Dir had filed writ petitions against the ex-employees and claimed ownership of the land.
Addressing the rally, president of ex-employees of Dir state Abdul Sattar Khan, district councillor Inayatullah and others alleged that the Lower Dir administration wanted to vacate thousands of acres and force the ex-employees to migrate from the area.They said the land in dispute had been in their possession for over half a century and the courts had also decided the case in their favour.
They claimed that then prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had allotted the land to the ex-state employees. They demanded of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and chief secretary to take notice of the matter.