LANDIKOTAL: The Khogakhel tribe of Landikotal in Khyber Agency on Tuesday held a Jirga to condemn the closure of Torkham Adda (vehicles terminal) and demanded its reopening.

The Jirga, which was held at a local mosque, formed a five-member committee of Ashrafkhel, Basikhel and Fatmikhel residents which will resolve the dispute of Torkham Adda. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) general secretary for FATA chapter Mufti Ijaz Shinwari and other elders said while addressing the Jirga that the closure of Torkham Qaumi Adda has left a number of people jobless. They asked the administration to resolve the issue of Adda within two days, otherwise, they will stage protests. They said they are not against giving the contract of the Adda to the old contractor.

Torkham Tehsildar Shamsul Islam, who also attended the Jirga, assured the elders to resolve the issue within two days. The Adda was closed by the administration six months ago after a monitory dispute surfaced among the members of Khogakhel tribe.

Sajjad Ali is the founder of Peshawar Today. He is a journalist by profession and working in field for the last ten years. Previously he worked for national media organizations including ‘The Nation’ Daily Pakistan Today, Khyber News. He also worked in media development sector. He can be reached at sajjad.sovereign@gmail.com

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