C&W employees announce strike against arrest of colleagues in Chitral

Speaking at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Sunday, PWD labour union provincial secretary information Gul Zameen said police in Booni town of Chitral had framed the five officials of the C&W department on the directives of a judicial magistrate. He claimed that the judge took action and ordered the arrest of the officials after the latter refused to release funds on the direction of the civil judge Rehmatullah Mehsud from the maintenance and repair account without legal procedure. KP resident of the union Syed Ghaffar Shah, district Nowshera president Shah Nawaz, Malakand president Faqir Shah and Peshawar president Sahibuddin were also present at the press conference. As reported in ChitralToday a few days back, the Booni police arrested former XEN Najmul Islam, SDOs Riaz Ali Shah, Maqbool Ahmed and three other officials of the C&W department for taking commission from the contractor of the local judicial lock-up and in other corruption cases. The PWD union leaders said the judge had misused his official powers. They appealed to the chief justice of Peshawar High Court to take notice of the incident. They said the lawyers in Chitral were already on a strike against the judicial officer’s behaviour and if he was not transferred immediately the employees would continue the strike and launch protest demonstrations against him. It may be noted that the judge has already been made OSD on the charge of staying in a hotel in Chitral with a woman. Some people in Chitral also alleged that the corrupt C&W department officials and contractors had made a conspiracy after the judge ordered the arrest of the officials for corruption. The people of upper Chitral have long been demanding action against the officials of the C&W department for embezzling public funds. Many residents of Chitral expressed wonder why the employees of the department had decided to observe a strike against the arrests. They said if the officials were innocent, the independent courts would release them.  ]]>