KALAYA: For the first time in the history of tribal districts, a court in Orakzai tribal district has awarded punishment to narcotics smugglers.

A district and sessions judge for Orakzai has announced five-year imprisonment each for two accused arrested on charges of charas smuggling.

District Police Officer (DPO) Orakzai Nisar Ahmed Jan said cases were lodged against two smugglers Gul Shad and Dawa Gul in Kalaya Police Station under Narcotics Act. The DPO said it is first time after merger of erstwhile Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, that a court has punished drug smugglers. He said the conviction of the smugglers was the result of professional investigation and performance of Orakzai Police.

Both the accused have been shifted to Bannu Jail after their conviction.

After the merger, the judicial system of KP was also extended to tribal districts. With the arrival of judicial system, cases are being disposed of at courts and people are expressing satisfaction with the functioning of the judicial system. Social circles in merged districts have expressed hope that hope that decisions like this will help in elimination of the menace of narcotics.

Power outages in Orakzai

Power supply is disconnected in Chapar Mishti area of Central Orakzai district for the last eight days, while the authorities have turned a blind eye towards the situation.

Malik Khan Zaman, a local resident, told TNN that the electricity of the area is disconnected without any technical fault for the last eight days due to which the people of the area are facing a lot of difficulties.

Malik Aman Khan, another local resident, said the area people are contacting the WAPDA officials for the last eight days, but no one is paying attention.

A student, Muhammad Siddique, said students are also suffering a lot due to this situation. He said the area people are facing a lot of problems due to power supply disconnection, while the concerned authorities have chosen to look the other way. He said if the problem remained unresolved then the local people will be compelled to hold protests for acceptance of their demands. He demanded the government to resolve the issue.