WANA, 11 October: Pine nuts traders in South Waziristan Agency on Wednesday complained of facing numerous hurdles to market the dry fruit and urged the government to ensure easy access and take notice of the impediments being placed by the political administration.

Talking to Tribal News Network, the traders said that trucks carrying pine nuts to Mohmandkhel market in Bannu district were deliberately kept waiting for days on checkpoints throughout the agency on different pretexts.

They complained that security personnel never allow trucks to pass for days, causing damage to the dry fruit and lose its weight incurring heavy financial losses to traders. The traders said that dry fruit from Gilgit, Chilas, Afghanistan and parts of Balochistan were brought to Azad Mandi from where it was exported.

“Traders face immense difficulties to transport the dry fruit from North and South Waziristan agencies being created by the political administrations of both agencies,” commented a trader who requested not to be named.

Traders, commission agents and labourers appealed Govenor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and federal government to take notice of the hurdles being created in their way to market the commodity.