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February 22, 2018

Mardan district council session: Non-allotment of seats to JUI-F members triggers rumpus

National

February 22, 2018

MARDAN: The district council here on Wednesday witnessed rumpus over the issue of non-allotment of seats to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-) candidates on opposition benches.

The opposition members chanted slogans against the district nazim for allegedly interfering and thrashing the head of institutions.

Opposition members also tore the copies of agenda. The meeting was convened with District Naib Nazim Asad Ali in the chair.

In the beginning of the session, Fateha Khwani was offered for the deceased district council member belonging to Awami National Party (ANP) Mukhtiar Lala. District Nazim Himayatullah Mayar was also present.

JUI-F member Maulana Amanat Shah criticised the district government for non-allotment of seats to opposition benches.

He also wanted to talk on a point of order however the convener of the council didn’t allow him.

Later, the opposition members become angry and started chanting slogans against the District Nazim Himayatullah Mayar. The opposition members also tore the copies of agenda of the session.

However, the convener postponed the session for five minute. Later when the session started, the opposition leader continued with their protest.

However, the convener tried to resolve the dispute but the opposition members were not ready to listen to him.

District Nazim Himayatullah Mayar left the district council without delivering his speech.

The Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) members also came out of the district council hall.

The opposition members including Umar Farooq Kakakhel, Sher Bahadur and Adil Nawaz flayed the district nazim and said that district nazim instead of solving the issues pending in the council had started bullying and thrashing heads of the institutions.

The opposition members visited the district nazim’s office and removed the portrait of Bacha Khan and Abdul Wali Khan from it. It angered the ANP members who stormed the office of the tehsil nazim Mardan and broke the furniture.

District Police Officer (DPO) Mian Saeed Ahmed along with other police official and cops reached the district nazim’s office to bring the situation under control.

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