LANDIKOTAL: Members of Khoga Khail tribe staged a protest demonstration against the alleged occupation of their land property by authorities near Torkham border in Landikotal and warned of closing custom and other offices if their demand was not fulfilled by January 23.

The protest led by Senator Taaj Muhammad and leaders of various political leaders held at Bacha Khan Square.

The protesting tribesmen accused that National Logistic Cell (NLC) and Federal Board of Revenue of grabbing their property in violation of the contract which the tribal elders had signed with them. The protesters blocked the Landikotal-Torkham road for traffic.

A large number of political workers and locals participated in the protest rally. They were  carrying black flags and holding placards inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands.

Addressing the angry mob, Senator Taaj Muhammad and other speakers including President Clearing Agents Association, Torkham Zerqeeb Shinwari, Awami National Party (ANP) leader Shah Hussain Shinwari, President Khyber Transport Association Shakir Afridi, District leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Abdur Razeq Shinwari and others said that authorities allegedly got hold of their property in Torkham and deprived thousands of local residents of three times meals.

“For the service of local people, we provided land free of cost for construction of a hospital, college, girls school, a grad station etc. “But NLC is in Torkham is using the land for business purpose and therefore, we want our legal share in the profit generated through the our land.” the protestors said.

The protester wanted to march to Torkham to record their protest but they were halted by the Khasadar and Levies forces at Landi Kotal bypass road, where they staged a sit in and closed the Landi Kotal-Torkham road for all kind of traffic.

However, after they got assurance from security force’s representative that their grievances would conveyed to the high-up, the protesters dispersed peacefully and the raid road was reopened for movement.

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