Jirga deadline for dengue control expires

'K-P government is not showing seriousness in controlling dengue epidemic'


APP September 24, 2017
PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR: The five days ultimatum given by elders of Khalil Qaumi Jirga to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government for taking practical steps for controlling dengue epidemic expires on Sunday (today).

Meanwhile, members of the Jirga, comprising members of political parties, people of dengue affected areas and elders of Khalil tribe, have reiterated their threat of holding protest demonstration on Monday at University Road to demand for containing dengue.

The decision to this effect was taken at an important meeting of Khalil Qaumi Jirga held on Saturday.

The jirga was attended by Maulana Amanullah Haqqani of JUI-F, Arbab Khizer Hayat of PML-N, Kashif Azam of Jamaat-e-Islami, Arbab Tahir Khan of ANP, Arbab Zark Khan of PPP and Pir Fida Advocate of PTI.

Briefing newsmen about the meeting of Khalil Jirga, Hayat said death toll due to dengue virus was increasing by each day but no practical step was being taken by government, nor the affected people were paid compensation as promised by the provincial government.

K-P government was not showing seriousness in controlling dengue epidemic which was rapidly affecting people by each passing day, Hayat alleged.

He said the dengue affected area, Tehkal, has not so far been declared as calamity hit area.

The Khalil Qaumi Jirga, Hayat continued, had given a deadline of five days to government for showing seriousness and taking practical measures, but government has neither made any contact with jirga elders nor acted on charter of demand presented by the jirga members.

He said the Jirga members believe that government was not showing any concern over ailment and death of dwellers of Tehkal area where thousands of people have been affected because of the mosquito borne disease.  “Now the members of Khalil Qaumi Jirga have decided to hold protest sit-in on University Road on Monday,” he reiterated.

He also clarified that the protest sit in will be peaceful and aim at raising voice for acceptance of demands. In case if the participants of
protest procession were baton-charged or arrested than the members
of Khalil tribe will besiege Chief Minister House and Provincial
Assembly while declaring a war against provincial government,
Arbab warned.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2017.

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