Dir Qaumi Jirga threatens sit-in against sand and gravel tax


TIMERGARA INP): The Dir Qaumi Jirga has warned to stage a sit-in against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government if it did not withdraw its decision to collect tax on sale of sand and gravel from the bank of rivers.

Speaking at a news conference at the Timergara press club, elders of the Jirga including former provincial minister Mehmood Zeb Khan of PPP, Muhammad Rasool Khan of JI, Malik Farooq Iqbal of PML-N, Malik Rahatullah of PTI, Abdul Hakim Khan of ANP, Dr Sardar Hamid, retired principal Khaizar Hayat and others said that Dir Lower was one of the tax free district of Malakand division.

They said the district had been affected by militancy and flash floods in recent past. They said the floods in 2010 had washed away valuable agricultural lands on the bank of the river Panjkora while the farmers had not been compensated so far. The Jirga elders complained that the government had levied tax on sale of sand and gravel for which Sept, 17 had been fixed for tenders.

They said the Jirga would bring people on the road against the government decision. They demanded of the government to withdraw its decision of levying tax on sand and gravel. Otherwise; they would stage protest if the decision was not reversed.

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