MARDAN: Members of a local jirga announced on Saturday to launch a protest movement against the Peshawar Electric Supply Company from next Friday if it did not stop unannounced loadshedding in the area.

The jirga members, including Irshad Ahmad, Bagh-i-Iram union council chairman Qari Junaid, former tehsil council members Mumtaz Bahadar, Mohammad Arif, Dr Wajid and Mohammad Rahim, said that the residents of Bagh-i-Iram had been experiencing prolonged and unannounced loadshedding for the last several days.

They said that they had made several complaints to the authorities about the cruel loadshedding but to no avail.

They deplored that the elected representatives as well as relevant high-ups had failed to resolve their problem.

They threatened that they would take to the streets from next Friday if the quarters concerned failed to take effective steps to resolve the issue.

OPEN COURT: Minister for food Zahir Shah Toru on Saturday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf provincial government was organising open kutcherys in different areas to resolve problems faced by the people at their doorsteps.

He was addressing an open kutchery organised by the deputy commissioner’s office in Khanjar Kali area here.

District health officer Dr Javed Iqbal, assistant commissioner, revenue, Ibrahim Khan and officers of various departments participated in the open court.

On this occasion, elders, elected representatives and social workers highlighted the people’s issues.

Mr Toru directed the departments concerned to find solutions to the problems highlighted by the people and submit a report in that regard.

Published in Dawn, May 19th, 2024

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