Gilgit-Baltistan: Transporters End 5 Days Wheel Jam Strike Against Convoy System

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MANSEHRA (Dawn): Transporters ended the five-day wheel-jam strike against the ‘convoy system’ after the Kohistan administration accepted their majors demands.“The convoy earlier consisted of 70 vehicles but now it will be of four vehicles. If both the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan governments agree, the current convoy system could be abolished,” Deputy Commissioner of Kohistan Syed Mohammad Shah told a jirga, where local elders and transporters from both the regions were in attendance.

He said representatives of transporters would meet Deputy Inspector General of Hazara police Akhtar Hayat Gandapur shortly to apprise him of their problems for necessary action. District Police Officer Akbar Ali, who was also in attendance, said the government and police knew by and large, people of Kohistan strictly followed the law and had never been involved in terrorist activities. He said miscreants from Derail and Tangir areas on the border between Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were behind attacks on passenger buses and coaches.

The DPO said if the Gilgit-Baltistan government took responsibility for the passengers’ security on Karakoram Highway in areas under its jurisdiction, then the convoy system could be ended in Kohistan. Speaking on the occasion, president of Kohistan transporters body Gul Khan said transporters were ending their wheel jam strike on the announcement made by the Kohistan deputy commissioner. “The convoy system is not ended completely but it is an encouraging sign that now the convoy will comprise four vehicles to the relief of passengers and transporters alike,” he said.

Mr Gul said the struggle for the end of convoy system would continue though legal means. He warned the district administration that if it didn’t fulfil its commitments, transporters would go on the wheel jam strike again.

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