Mastuj: Residents of Booni protest against corruption, demand transfer of Deputy Commissioner

Gul Hammad Farooqi 

Chitral, December 5: Residents of Booni in the Mastuj sub-division of Chitral district, some 75km from staged a protest demonstration, to condemn what they called embazzlement of millions of rupees in projects run by the Communication and Works Department (C &W), Irrigation, Public Health Engineering and Sarhad Hydro Development Organization (SHYDO).

Addressing the sit-in, the speakers expressed concern over alleged misappropriation of millions of rupees in these departments. They said that C&W department has shown Mastuj and Torkho roads as black-top establishments on paper but the road stands in a dilapidated condition, with big ditches, which are causing road accidents.

Holding placards inscribed with slogans, the protesters listened to fiery speeches. The speakers said that irrigation channels have been damaged and the Irrigation Department has spent millions of rupees on paper about completion of irrigation channel, without doing anything on the ground.

People of Booni faced great loss since 2002 to 2008 due to damaging of that irrigation channel but they were not compensated. They said that a Truck able bridge has been started a few years back and the department has assured that it will be completed within 6 months but  work goes very slow and it still incomplete. They said that according to papers around 7.5 million rupees have been spent on water supply scheme in 1990 by Public Health Engineering department at Raeen village but there is no a singe pipe and people are still searching for potable drinking water.

They said that C&W department has reserved land for construction of the road but neither are they constructing road nor allowing the people to cultivate it without any compensation. They also lamented poor performance of SHYDO department that a large number of people still deprived from electricity.

They demanded from the provincial government to conduct an inquiry against embezzlement and corruption of these departments and to bound them to complete developmental works at Sub Division Mastuj otherwise they will came on roads with aggressive protest against these departments. They also demanded posting out of Deputy Commissioner Chitral Muhammad Shuaib Jadoon for his vane elitist behavior toward the people of Chitral.
Thousands of people participated in set in as protest against government departments. those who spoke on the occasion were Rahmat Salam Lal, Ghulam Muhayuddin, Abdul Rehman, Meraj Hussain, Abdul Samad, Saifullah, Mukhtar Ahmad, Maulana Kifayatullah, Sardar Hakeem, Shah Jang Azeem, Qazi Jamaluddin, Shah Ahmad Hussain, Hussain Zareen, Parvez Ahmad Lal and Retired Manager Sarfaraz Ali. People belongs to Mastuj, Booni, Torkho, Mulko, Chwench etc participated in set in protest  there was also complete shutter down strike and Booni Bazar was closed completely.

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