GHALLANAI: The marble mines owners and contractors in Mohmand tribal district have called upon the government to take action against those who are violating the court orders and taking law into their hands.

Addressing a press conference at Mohmand Press Club on Monday, contractors Haji Juma Daraz, Haji Nawab, Nisar Ahmed and Sajjad Khan from Baizai sub-division said the marble mines workers are being tortured and their residential rooms were also set on fire. They said their heavy machinery was also confiscated. They said the Frontier Crops (FC) did not take any action when they filed a complaint.

The contractors alleged that attacks on their mines have become routine due to which they have suffered massive financial losses and many workers have been rendered jobless. They further alleged that some officials were involved in conspiracy to oust them from the area and usurp their business.

The contractors said during the press conference that they spent millions of rupees from their own pocket to build a road towards Tora Khwa marble mountain. They reminded that they also held a massive public meeting with the elders of Tora Khwa, Laka, Ghair Dhand, Jabbar Johar and other sub tribes in presence of former assistant political agent Pir Abdullah Shah after which an agreement was concluded. They said the Peshawar High Court (PHC) has also declared their lease legal. However, they said, despite the court orders, their legal work is being halted and work has been stopped on the marble mines, while the FC and local administration are playing the role of silent spectators.

The contractors said the local administration was directed to resolve the issue within four months, but the issue remains unresolved for the last 17 months and their marble mines are closed. They said machinery worth millions of rupees is being lying at the site and they are facing losses of Rs75,000 on daily basis, while hundreds of labourers and other workers have been left jobless.

The marble mines contractors called upon the district administration and other officials concerned to take notice of ‘violation of the government writ’ and take practical steps for reopening of the marble mines. They also appealed to the PHC, Peshawar corps commander, commissioner Peshawar and chief secretary to protect the businessmen from troublemakers.




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