CHITRAL: The district council on Thursday called for removing the security check posts and decried a ban on transportation of firewood in vehicles in Arando and Drosh areas in the district.
Speaking at the ongoing session of the district council, the councilors, including Maulana Inamul Haq, Maulana Abdul Rehman, Sher Muhammad Arandu, Maulana Jamshed Ahmad and others said they were not against security check points set up for security reasons.
They said the large numbers of security check posts were causing hardships to the locals in their movement.
District Nazim Maghfirat Shah said credit for durable peace and tranquility in Chitral went only to the local people so they should not be exasperated and vexed in the name of security.
He said the District Council was the representative body of the peaceful people of Chitral. “Any matter related to them should be put at the disposal of this house so that it can think and plan things best suited to them,” he added.
The councilors lamented that the vehicles loaded with firewood were also being stopped from transporting the firewood which they termed unjustified.
They also opposed the ban on entry of Tableeghi jamaat members into the district and urged for doing away with the restrictions.
Maulana Jamshed Ahmad accused the Member Provincial Assembly Saleem Khan of interfering in the fresh recruitment process in the Social Welfare Department and called for making the new appointments to the vacant positions on merit.
The councillors expressed concern over the closure of a Leprosy Centre at the District Headquarters Hospital, which deprived 350 patients of treatment facility.
Deputy Commissioner Irshad Sudhar assured the council to dismantle unnecessary security check posts and take steps for solution of other issues highlighted by the councilors.
About the ban on the transportation of firewood, the officer said vehicles loaded with firewood were being stopped to check smuggling of timber under the garb of firewood.
Published in The News.