Photo by Sajid Ali

JAMRUD, 21 March: The Kokikhel tribesmen have asked the Peshawar High Court to initiate contempt proceedings against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for carrying out developmental works on the disputed part of the proposed Regi Lalma township despite a stay order from the court.

A grand jirga of the Kokikhel tribesmen was held here on Monday to show their opposition to the start of developmental work on the proposed project.

Tribal elders including member of National Assembly Shah Jee Gul Afridi, Haji Shalmat Khan, Malik Wali Khan, Malik Khan Afzal and noted people attended the jirga. A large number of tribal youth were also present in the jirga.

Speaking on the occasion the tribal elders warned the provincial government to restrain from carrying out developmental work on the disputed land otherwise thousands of tribesmen from the Kokikhel tribe would hold a protest demonstration at the Bab-e-Khyber and block the Pak-Afghan highway.

They said the matter is already pending in the Peshawar High Court and the court has issued interim order in their favor.

Earlier, the tribesmen held a protest march from Sakhi Pul to Ghundi. Carrying black banners, the tribesmen protested against the provincial government attempt to start plantation drive in the Regi Lalma project.