BOONI: A meeting of the representatives of all political parties has been convened here on Wednesday to devise a strategy against the district administration’s order to arrest Tehreek Huqooq-e-Awam leader and social activist Pervez Lal under 3 MPO and send him to Dera Ismail Khan jail for a month.
Though Pervez Lal skipped arrest and went underground in Booni on Tuesday morning, the district administration’s action purportedly taken on the basis of a speech he made during a protest gathering in Reshun three days ago drew widespread condemnation on social media.
In the meanwhile, a leader of the Tehreek told ChitralToday that local chapters of political parties have called a meeting in the office of PML-N leader Hakim Ali Advocate at 10am on Wednesday. The meeting will ask the district administration to withdraw the order otherwise a protest call could be given.
He said the public meeting in Reshun was held under the chairmanship of Abdul Wali Khan Advocate and scores of people belonging to different parties had spoken against the PTI government for its failure to rehabilitate the flood-affected people of Reshun, reconstruct damaged water supply lines, roads and a powerhouse.
They were also angry over the government’s move to keep the chief minister away from most of the affected people during his visit to Reshun the same day. But a day after the protest, police in Booni tried to arrest Pervez Lal.
The Tehreek leader said using section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) ordinance without solid ground was illegal and a bid to suppress people’s voice for their rights. He said singling out Pervez Lal indicated that some officials had personal grudge against him.
A leader of the PPP Upper Chitral told ChitralToday that public issues were increasing and the district administration neither had funds, resources nor power to resolve them. In such a situation, resentment among the public was a natural phenomenon but suppressing public voice should not be allowed.
He was of the opinion that after creating the new district the PTI government neither provided funds to the district nor gave powers to the district administration or the police.
The establishment of the new district brought no dividends to the people. He said low grade employees belonging to Upper Chitral were sent back to their area and no new post was created in the administration. Moreover, a small portion of the road inside Booni, the district headquarters, could not be completed so far.
Apart from this, projects to construct the Chitral-Mastuj and Shandur road have been put on the back burner while people affected by floods and other calamities were never compensated.
On the one hand the government is ignoring public issues and on the other its officials are misusing the law to suppress the voice of the people which would not be tolerated, he added.