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Construction of Warsak Dam: villagers concerned over non-payment of royalty

  • Affected villagers by construction of Warsak Dam have expressed concern over non-payment of royalty amount withheld from last several years, demanding of the government to adjust royalty amount in electricity and gas utilities bills of the constituency PK-7. 

    Speaking at a press conference here at Press Club on Monday, Khidmatgar Quami Jirga, President Arbab Shaheryar said that since the villages were affected by the dam, its residents were entitled to five percent of the dam’s net hydel profits. However, he said the villagers, who fell in the PK-7 constituency, had not been paid the promised amount for the past decade. Flanked by the Jirga Chairman, Haji Sarwar Din, Haji Jumma Zada, and other executive members, he said the Khidmatgar Qaumi Jirga is apolitical and only geared towards ensuring rights of the affected people. 

    Following the apathy of elected representatives and politicians, the Jirga had decided to field their own candidate for the PK-7 constituency for forthcoming general election. The members of Jirga informed that they had nominated Arbab Shaheryar Khan for PK-7 and Ajmal Khan from constituency NA-3 to contest in next election. 

    Copyright Business Recorder, 2013

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