KHAR: People belonging to different walks of life in Bajaur tribal district on Friday staged protest demonstration outside Bajaur Press Club against the murder of polio vaccination officer Abdullah Jan.

The protesters were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans seeking arrest of the killers and provision of justice to the family of the slain polio officer.

Younis, younger brother of the deceased polio officer, said the government should take concrete steps to resolve law and order problems in Bajaur. He demanded Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan, deputy commissioner Bajaur and district police officer to arrest the culprits behind the murder of his brother.

On 4 May, unknown armed men gunned down Abdullah Jan in Inayat Killi area of Bajaur. 35-year-old Abdulullah was on the way to home from Inayat Killi Bazaar, when unknown armed men opened fire on him in Tani village near Khushk Darya leaving him dead on the spot.

After the incident, Levies personnel condoned off the area and shifted the body to District Headquarters Hospital. After necessary medico-legal procedures, the body was handed over to the heirs. The culprits involved in the murder are still at large.

Polls in merged districts

Not even a single candidate came to receive nomination papers for the upcoming provincial assembly elections in the tribal districts.

According to the schedule issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the process of receiving the nomination papers will continue from 9 to 11 May, while elections on the provincial seats of the merged districts will be held on 2 July. Elections will be held on 16 general seats, four women seats and one seat for women.

The ECP says appeals against acceptance or rejection of the nomination papers will be submitted till 22 May and the tribunal will make decisions on the appeals by 27 May. The final list of the candidates will be issued on 28 May, while the last date for scrutiny of papers will be 18 May. The nomination papers can be withdrawn till 29 May and election symbols will be allotted to candidates on 30 May.

These are the first elections to be held on provincial seats of tribal districts.