JAMRUD: Jamrud Bazaar will remain closed till tomorrow due to security arrangements and alternative traffic plan has been given for the vehicles using the routes along with the bazaar.
According to an announcement of the local administration, the Bazaar will be closed at 5:00pm on Thursday and will remain closed on Friday. The people were asked in the day-time to complete all their tasks in the bazaar before 5:00pm after which it was to be closed.
Political Tehsildar Jamrud Nek Muhammad said in a message that alternative traffic plan has been devised to avoid traffic mess during the closure of the bazaar on Friday. He said the public transporters and private vehicles intending to use the Pak-Afghan Highway on Friday should use Jamrud Bypass Road to reach their destinations. The people who intend to visit the Jamrud Sports Complex are advised to park their vehicles at New Sabzi Mandi Stand, Teachers Colony.
The local people have been requested to cooperate with the security personnel deployed on duty.
The message did not mention detailed reasons for the closure of the bazaar and other security measures. However, Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to visit Khyber tribal district tomorrow (Friday) and these measures are expected to be part of that visit. The prime minister will address a massive public gathering in the tribal district tomorrow and is also expected to meet tribal elders. The premier is also expected to make some important announcements. Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman, Chief Minister Mehmood Khan, federal and provincial ministers will also accompany the prime minister on the visit.
Imran Khan has also visited North Waziristan recently where he made several announcements. He was accompanied by Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa during the visit.
A day ahead of visit to Khyber tribal district, Imran Khan met Governor Shah Farman and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in Islamabad on Wednesday. During the meeting they discussed matters pertaining to the development of tribal districts.
The government has already initiated distribution of Sehat Insaf Cards in the tribal districts and on Thursday the federal cabinet approved funds for the Levies and other forces in these areas. The PM is expected reveal progress on the implementation of pledges made with the tribal districts during his address to the gathering.