GHALLANAI: Disabled persons on Saturday staged a protest demonstration and blocked Manzari Cheena Road in Mohmand tribal district for acceptance of their demands.

The protesting disabled persons gathered at Ali Haider Chowk, situated near the Pak-Afghan border, and blocked the road for three hours for all kinds of traffic. Over 40 disabled persons and other people participated in the protest.

The protesters said the disabled persons, especially the disabled women, must be provided wheelchairs and other necessary equipment. They said the local administration and concerned authorities formed lists of disabled persons several times, but provided no relief or help, which compelled them to hold protest for their rights.

A senior officer of Levies force assured the protesters that their grievances will be conveyed to the concerned authorities after which they opened the road. They said they will again hold protest if their demands were not met within a week.