ABBOTTABAD: Hundreds of villagers from Kakul on Wednesday protested the fixing of barbed-wire and construction of safety walls around the land by the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA).
The villagers argued the land in question is used by them for offering funeral prayers since long. They maintained that this was the village playground even before the establishment of the PMA in Kakul. The village elders tried to stop the PMA authorities from fencing the land and later the villagers decided to stage the protest.
Sensing the gravity of the situation, Abbottabad’s deputy commissioner and assistant commissioner along with the police force reached the spot and held talks with the village elders. Following an assurance by the district administration to arrange the meeting of PMA authorities with the elders in two days, the protesters agreed to disperse.
According to the district administration, the land belonged to the PMA as per the revenue record but was abandoned since long. They said the PMA authorities wanted to fence to strengthen the security in the area. The officials said efforts were being made to address the grievances of the Kakul villagers.