CHARSADDA: The sugar mill and paper mill workers in Charsadda on Saturday staged a protest demonstration against the closure of the mills.

The protesting workers gathered at Farooq Azam Chowk and staged protest. They said they have been left jobless due to closure of the sugar and paper mills and no one bothers to mitigate their sufferings. They said despite enormous increase in inflation, their pension amount is the same which is not enough to fulfil their basic needs.

The protesting workers said instead of repair of the machinery of the closed mills, the owners have shifted it to Gujranwala, due to which the local workers are jobless now. They demanded the government to take action against the people responsible for the closure of the mills. They also demanded the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of the matter. They said they will continue protest till resolution of the issue.

The said mills were closed due to unknown reasons in the year 1990 due to which about 2,000 workers lost their jobs. The protesters said the government hasn’t taken any step for revival of the industries in Charsadda.

Policeman injured in firing

A policeman was injured in exchange of firing with proclaimed offenders in Prang Ghar area of Mohmand tribal district adjacent to Charsadda.

Police were carrying out a search operation in Speena Khawra locality on a tip off when miscreants opened fire due to which Elite Police Force Constable Ammad sustained injuries. He was taken to District Headquarters Hospital Charsadda where his condition was stated to be out of danger.

Passenger van catches fire

A passenger van travelling from Bannu to Naurang area of Lakki Marwat caught fire on Saturday.

Eyewitnesses said the fire erupted in the battery circuit of the van near Bannu Sugar Mill. The vehicle probably caught fire due to heating of its circuit.

The passengers saved their lives by jumping out of the vehicle. Fortunately, no casualty was reported in the incident. The van was badly damaged in the fire. Local sources said after having a look at the badly damaged vehicle, the passengers were very lucky to escape unhurt.

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