CHITRAL: MNA Molana Abdul Akbar on Saturday criticized the district administration for banning entry of public transport into Chitral from Lowari tunnel without consulting the elected representatives.
Speaking to local reporters, he said thousands of people remained stranded at the tunnel on the night between Friday and Saturday as the district administration blocked their entry to check the spread of coronavirus.
He said the passengers had to endure trouble until they were allowed to cross the tunnel into Chitral on his intervention.
The MNA said most of the government offices had been closed in various parts of Punjab and other provinces while educational institutions had announced closures across the country. In this situation, students and other people belonging to Chitral are left with no other option but to return to their homes in Chitral.
But instead of making arrangements to screen the people coming to Chitral at Lowari, the district administration ordered closure of the roads to Chitral without even consulting the elected representatives, including him, the MPA and chief minister’s adviser from Chitral.
“Who have given you this authority to take such a big decision without consulting the elected representatives and heads of political and religious parties?”
The MNA said had the administration taken him on board, his voters numbering over 49,000 would also have played their role in tackling the issue of the virus and those coming to Chitral would not have suffered troubles at the tunnel.
The MNA suggested that an emergent meeting should be held in Chitral in which the commandant of Chitral Scouts, the deputy commissioner and the police chief along with the elected representatives, heads of all departments and leaders of all political and religious parties should devise a strategy to check the spread of the virus and minimize the suffering of the people.