Jirga demands arrest of youth’s killers

F.P. Report
LOWER DIR: The Lower Dir Youth Jirga has demanded immediate arrest of the persons involved in the killing of a local youth and injuring his two friends at a scenic spot on July 30. The demand was made during a protest rally in front of the Timergara press club and later at a news conference held here on Wednesday.
The jirga members Imran Takur, Shuian Ahmad, Sadiqur Rehman Durrani, Ziaullah, Qazi Hanifullah and others told local journalists that three friends; Wiqas Khan, Rohullah and Asad Khan from Jabagai village of Balambat had gone to the Sky Land, a scenic spot in Upper Dir on second day of Eid ul Azha (July 30th). They said that one of the friends Wiqas Khan, a 1st year student was killed while his two friends were injured when one of the rival parties opened fire on them at the Sky Land.
The jirga members said that police had failed to arrest the accused despite the passage of 18 days. They said the victims had nothing with the land dispute between two parties to which they had fallen prey. The jirga threatened to observe complete wheel jam and shutter down strike if the concerned authorities failed to arrest the accused soon.
Opposition members’ demand: The opposition members of the Balambat tehsil council on Wednesday demanded of the chief election commissioner and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister to take notice of the council’s chairman forced disappearance.
The demand was made during a meeting of the opposition members held at Balambat which was attended by Saiful Islam and Naik Dar of the JI, Sahibullah and Asghar Khan of the PPP, Islamud Din and Gul Badshah of the ANP and other village councils’ chairmen.
The meeting was informed that the PTI tehsil council chairman Asim Shuian had been missing since May 10 as he had gone into hiding to avoid arrest. The participants said the missing chairman was wanted to police in his involvement in the May 9 and 10 riots.
They said that both the council members and the public were suffering due to the absence of the council chairman. They said that developmental activities had stopped while the council was unable to pay its utility bills. They said the council chairman should face the court proceedings and prove him not guilty or the government and its relevant institution should take legal action. They said the council should be allowed to elect its leader if the chairman was not ready to ensure his presence soon.