PAKISTAN: Torkham Labourer Union and residents jointly staged a protest demonstration rally from Landikotal bazaar to Torkham where they blocked road to record their protest against the hard restrictions for labourers working acrossing the border on Sunday.
Hundreds of residents and political parties workers also joined the labourers who were holding black flags and marched from Landikotal bazaar to Torkham border. They were chanting slogans against the hard and fast restrictions on Torkham border crossing for pedastrian movement.
JUI-F senior leader Mufti Muhammad Ijaz, Torkham custom association chairman Mirajuddin Shinwari, labour union president Farman Khan and Naujawanan-e-Qabail president Israr Shinwari led the protest rally.
They marched from Landikotal bazaar and gathered seven kilometers away at Torkham border town where they staged protest closed to the Zero point at the border with Afghanistan.
Speakers said the border authorities have imposed illogical restrictions for those who daily cross the border to earn livelihood for their poor families.
They had blocked the Landikotal-Torkham road and halted heavy and light traffic for some time.
The protestor said National Logistic Cell(NLC) and Frontier Corps(FC) have imposed illogical and unlawful restrictions on passengers’ movement. They said at least five thousand workers and labourers have lost jobs and their families compelled to go into begging.
Mufti Ijaz said it was the state’s responsibility to facilitate citizens to earn legally. He said the case was reverse in the Torkham border where thousands of residents have lost their jobs and businesses.
Mirajuddin Shinwari alleged that few black sheeps in the border authoritirs were involved in human smuggling. He said the officials take money from Afghan citizens and let them enter into Pakistan at night time. They threatened if the border restrictions were not abolished within three days they would establish sit-in camp at Torkham Zero point.
Later the protesters dispersed peacefully and resumed the traffic after closure for few hours.