KOHAT: Mineworkers kept the coal mines in Akhorwal area of Darra Adamkhel closed for the second day on Sunday following a dispute with the owner of a mining company over raise in their wages.

The non-local miners, mostly from Shangla district, gathered at the Martyrs’ Square, and after holding the protest there, travelled to other mines and tried to close them forcibly.

However, the local administration and elders intervened to defuse the tension.

Sources told Dawn that unrest was prevailing among the local tribesmen, mining companies and labourers after the incident.

Meanwhile, the Darra coal owners’ association, students and social activists demanded of the administration to restrict the protesting miners to the Martyrs’ Square, as the miners proceeded to other areas to stop mining activity forcibly.

Later, MNA from Shangla Dr Abdullah Khan, chairman Bisham tehsil council Haji Sadeedur Rehman and chairman Alpuri tehsil council Vaqar Ahmed Khan also arrived in the area and participated in the protest.

Negotiations were held between the protesting mineworkers and the owner of Akhorwal mines to help resolve the issue of wages.

Meanwhile, provincial minister Shaukat Yousufzai, who also belongs to Shangla district, called for addressing the concerns of the mineworkers over wages through peaceful means.

Published in Dawn, June 27th, 2022

Opinion

Editorial

Police excesses
13 Aug, 2022

Police excesses

EVER since Shahbaz Gill’s unwise words considerably complicated the PTI’s relationship with the establishment,...
Afghan cleric’s killing
13 Aug, 2022

Afghan cleric’s killing

THAT a suicide bomber belonging to the self-styled Islamic State group managed to target a senior Taliban cleric in...
No room for hockey
13 Aug, 2022

No room for hockey

THERE have been accusations and clarifications as the blame game rumbles on. Yet despite workers of the PTI ...
Militancy redux
Updated 12 Aug, 2022

Militancy redux

There is fear and confusion all around, and it is for the state to bring clarity to the situation.
Distorting history
12 Aug, 2022

Distorting history

WHEN history is co-opted by ideologically overzealous elements, expect the facts to die a quick death, and...
Dengue danger
12 Aug, 2022

Dengue danger

WITH rains continuing across most of the country, a dengue outbreak can quickly become a major headache for health...