Muhammad Nawaz Orakzai

KALAYA: All the bazaars in Orakzai tribal district have reopened after a daylong closure on Wednesday over failure of the shopkeepers to install security cameras.

TNN correspondent said the district administration had closed all the bazaars in Orakzai on Wednesday due to which the people were facing many difficulties. The admonition had closed Meshti Mela, Sanghara, Kalaya, Sanghra, Ferozkhel Mela, Kada Bazaar and other bazaars and markets. The administration had asked the shopkeepers that the markets will remain closed until they install security cameras in the markets. The shopkeepers were asked to arrange security cameras from their own pocket.

The government took this step as security measure after the death of at least 33 people and injuries to 56 others in a bomb blast in Kalaya Bazaar on 23 November.

After closure of all the markets, Senator Aurangzeb Khan raised his voice on the issue in the Parliament saying that installation of the security cameras was the responsibility of the government, not the poor shopkeepers. The senator also telephoned Deputy Commissioner of Orakzai Khalid Iqbal and asked him to take back the order of closing the markets.

All the markets were reopened in the evening after Senator Aurangzeb’s intervention. The government has also taken back its decision in which it was earlier mandatory for the shopkeepers to install security cameras. The shopkeepers while talking to TNN had also expressed their inability to install security cameras. They had said that they cannot afford expensive cameras and this plan is unlikely to work in Orakzai as power supply remains disconnected in the tribal district for about 20 hours. The shopkeepers are of the view that provision of security is the basic responsibility of the government and therefore the government should install the cameras and provide security to the markets.

The local people expressed happiness over reopening of the bazaars.