Friday, January 21

Qadri Pledges To Resolve Torkham Border Issues

By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada

PAKISTAN:  Federal minister for Religious Affairs and Inter Faith Harmony doctor Noorul Haq Qadri on Wednesday assured a delegation of Torkham Nadra and border management staff that their genuine problems would be resolved on the priority basis.

The delegation led by Zarbullah Shinwari told the federal minister that contract employees working jointly for Torkham Nadra and provide techinal support to border management for the last seven years. He said the staff was regularly working but they could not be paid salaries for the last six months.

Zarif Khan,working at Torkham Nadra office as data entry operator since 2015 said that they have been repeatedly told by high ups that they would get their jobs permanent but no step could be taken so far. He added that 21 contract base border management employees were waiting for their jobs permanency.

Zarif told the minister that deputy commissioner district Khyber and commissioner Peshawar have submitted the list of 144 protects employees to the provincial selection committee.He said hundreds of other contract employees of across ex-Fata could get their permanent jobs depriving only Torkham border management staff.

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  He said in collaboration with Nadra staff the border management staff is responsible to process passengers travel documents and share data with the other sister departments on the daily basis.

 He said all that the salaries of border management staff included technical staff,Naib Qasid(peon) and data entry operators at Torkham border could not be paid their salaries for the last six months. 

Local elder and senior politician Haji Zarbullah Shinwari told Noorulhaq Qadri that more than five thousands daily wagers,taxi drivers,shopkeepers and others have lost their jobs and businesses due to the restrictions imposed some two years ago on Torkham border. He said local tribesmen should be exampted from visa and passport conditions to cross the Torkham border. He said labourers should be alowed to travel frequently on a simple token issued by border authorities. 

The minister assured the delegation that their issues would be raised at parliament and standing committees to help resolve it as soon as possible. Qadri said he would also meet the concerns quarters so that Torkham border management staff and labourers problems could be resolved. 

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