Protest held against NLC in Landikotal

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Shamsul-Amin Pirzada

LANDIKOTAL: Transporters, customs clearing agents and political parties leaders Monday staged a protest demonstration against National Logistic Cell(NLC) in Landikotal bazaar and blocked bypass road for one hour.

A large number of protesters including transporters, customs agents and local residents holding black flags and banners inscribed with slogans against NLC officials in Torkham border. They marched in Landikotal bazaar and gathered at bypass road. To record their protest they blocked the road for any kind of movement for one hour. 

 Senator Taj Mohammad Afridi, leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Landikotal chapter Abdur Raziq Shinwari, the president of custom clearing agents at Torkham, Zarqeeb Shinwari, Mirajuddin Shinwari, president of Khyber transporter union Shakir Afridi, Awami National party leader, Shah Hussain Shinwari and leader of Naujawanan-e-Khugakhel Israr Ahmad Shinwari also took part in the protest.

Speaking to the protesters Israr Shinwari, Zarqeeb, Abdur Raziq, Miraj and Shah Hussain said that NLC officials at Torkham border violating the accord with had been signed with Khugakhel tribe. they accused that NLC was grabbing their paternal property in Torkham.

They maintained NLC was a logistics company and had no legal authority to ask passengers for their traveling documents.

Senator Taj Mohammad Afridi said that he will back the protesters to give their rights. He stressed NLC high-ups to respect the accord that had been signed with Khuga Khel tribe.

Later, Lieutenant colonel of Khyber Rifles, Omair resumed traffics at bypass road after hold successful dialogues with the protesters.  He assured them that he will discuss the issue with high-ups.

Giving 10 days deadline the protesters threatened that they will extend their protest and stage sit-in at Torkham border if NLC officials not stopped from their illegal activities at Torkham border.