District official assaulted for removing banners

Published: July 6, 2018
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District official assaulted for removing banners. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN

District official assaulted for removing banners. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN

PESHAWAR: A local government official was assaulted allegedly by workers of a political party on Thursday as he removed illegal banners from the Circular Road in Peshawar.

The returning officers have been directed to follow the code of conduct issued by the ECP which stipulates the size of banners and posters which candidates are allowed to put up during their campaign.

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Officials of all towns were subsequently directed to remove all banners which violated the rules. In this regard, Qaisar Bacha, a demolition officer with Town-I, was working to remove illegal banners of the Awami National Party (ANP) on Circular Road when some incensed workers allegedly attacked him.

However, police officials have yet to register a case for the assault with officers blaming a conflict between the Yakatuot, Kutwali and Hashtnagri police station on the jurisdiction of where the crime took place. “This is interference in official business since a government servant has been attacked and tortured and his work disrupted,” said a police officer while talking to The Express Tribune, explaining the possible charge under which a case could be registered.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2018.

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