104 Marble factories sealed in district Khyber


Ashrafuddin Pirzada

LANDIKOTAL: Mulagori residents on Friday staged a protest demonstration against the closure of marble factories and chanted slogans against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly deputy speaker Mehmood Jan and district authorities.

The protesters, led by Qaumi Etihad president Sajjad Khan, have also established a sit-in camp at Marble Chowk where a number of people were holding black flags in their hands.

Several other local elders, Maliks, and marble factories owners including Malik
Abdul Manan, Malik Rozi Khan, Abul Hassan, Sabz Ali Khan, and others also participated in the protest and sit-in camp.

Speaking on the occasion Malik Abdul Manan, Sabz Ali, and Abul Hassan said that 270 marble factories had been operational in the Mulagori area for the last several decades. They alleged that district authorities on the directives of provincial assembly deputy speaker Mehmood Jan sealed 104 marble factories in Mulagori.

The reason behind the closure of the factories was stated that the polluted water with chemicals coming out of the factories contaminating the drinking water and destroy standing crops down in some areas of Peshawar.
It was learned that the contaminated water of the marble factories flows down in Peshawar and hit crops fields of Mehmood Jan that he used his position and forced authorities to take action.

The residents said thousands of locals attached directly and indirectly with the marble factories have lost their jobs and small businesses.

They said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led government had made tall claims to give jobs and promote businesses but after coming into power they now snatching jobs from citizens.

The Mulagori residents and factory owners accused the deputy speaker that he was behind the illegal closure of the factories so that he could meet with his own vested interests.

Sabz Ali said PTI central leaders including Imran Khan and religious affairs minister doctor Noorulhaq Qadri should take notice of the illegal involvement of a PTI leader in the scheme that could earn a bad name for the party. He also demanded an inquiry against the district Khyber authorities and deputy speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly that on which grounds they closed down the marble factories that had been running for the last several decades.

He said the marble factories generate millions of rupees revenue every year in means of different taxes and created thousands of jobs for the skilled and unskilled laborers.

They threatened to continue their protesting sit-in until their factories not reopened.

This scribe contacted DC Mansoor Arshad of district Khyber he said a case has also run in High court Peshawar against the Mulagori marble factories waste that severely suffering people’s health down in Peshawar. He said at the request of Mehmood Jan the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood Khan issued them directives to seal all those factories that had not installed recycle plant for wastes and contaminated water. He said they had issued several written notice to install waste recycle plants but they did not take it serious.
Mansoor said the crackdown would be continue till last factory without filtration and recycle plant not installed.

Erlier, authorities sealed 104 marble factories in Mulagori area and asked them to keep themselve away from the sealed factories.