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Bannu Tribal Elders Protest In Islamabad Against Alleged Corruption Of KP Transport Minister

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Elders from the Baka Khel and Sardi Khel tribesof Bannu district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, have protested outside the National Press Club in Islamabad, accusing Khyber-Pakhtunwa transport minister Shah Muhammad Khan of occupying their lands in an unlawful manner. The protesters sought to inform Prime Minister Imran Khan of their view that the provincial transport minister was a stain on the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

Protesters in Islamabad claimed that ever since Shah Muhammad Khan had become minister, corruption had increased. They went on to accuse the minister of having taken kickbacks from people chosen for government contracts in development projects. Due to this, the protesters claimed, contractors (thekedar) were already on hunger strike in Bannu. Furthermore, the protesters went on to allege that the District Commissioner in Bannu had applied Section 4 on their lands to seize them by force, which the two tribes of around 15,000 in total numbers are protesting against.

Calling on PM Imran Khan to remove the transport minister from his post until an inquiry against him is done, the protesters stated that if he is absolved of the allegations, the whole tribe can be hanged on Islamabad’s D-Chowk.

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