PESHAWAR, 10 November: Residents of different villages in the outskirts of the provincial metropolis on Friday here staged a protest demonstration against District Nazim Peshawar Arbab Asim Khan for allegedly transferring shamilat land to his name and then selling the same to police department.

The protesters, belonging to Bazid Khel, Bahadar Kalay, Marozi, Garhi Naib Khan, Garhi Habib Khan and Shalozan Colony, gathered outside the Peshawar press club and shouted slogans against the provincial government and District Nazim Arbab Asim.

They were also holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans dubbing the district nazim as “land mafia”.

The protesters said that the villagers had jointly donated 95 kanal shamilat land for graveyard in Balabagh area but the district nazim while misusing his authority, transferred 40 marlas land on his name and sell the same to police department for the construction of police station at Rs400,000 per marla.

“Work on the construction of police station has been started and the graves of our forefathers are being bulldozed,” an elder told TNN. He added that they were not against the construction of the police station. “We welcomed the construction of police station in our village but it should be constructed somewhere else and not in the graveyard,” the elder continued.

“We appeal to the PIT chief Imran Khan to take notice of the matter and stop construction work, otherwise we will raise a lashkar and forcibly stop the work which may create chaos and public disorder in the area,” he threatened.