Offices, Hospital, Hotel Sealed In Shangla

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SHANGLA: Environmental protection agency of Swat on Monday sealed offices of tehsil municipal administration, medical superintendent of the tehsil headquarters hospital, Puran, a private hospital and a hotel over different reasons.

The action was taken by agency’s assistant director Ibrar Ahmed on directives of environmental protection tribunal.

The assistant director sealed tehsil municipal administration and TMO offices for not cleaning the bazaar and taking the garbage out of the area.

He also sealed the office of medical superintendent of THQ hospital for absence from duty during office timings. Also, a private hospital in Bisham city was sealed for violating environmental protection laws.

A hotel in Bisham Bazaar was also sealed for connecting the sewerage line to Khan Khwar River.

Provincial information minister Shaukat Yousafzai has sought a three days time from the striking sand suppliers to resolve the issue of sales tax imposed on sand collection by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa mineral department.

Speaking at a jirga in Bisham on Monday, he said he supported the sand suppliers’ demand as Malakand division was a tax-free zone till 2023.

He said he would hold a meeting with the mineral department minister to help address the concerns of the sand pickers.

On the occasion, MNA Dr Ibadullah Khan urged the chief minister to withdraw the tax because the people had already been affected by natural disasters.

ANP leader Mohammad Yaar Khan and others were also present.

On the occasion, local elders criticised the minister of information for leaving the jirga immediately after his speech.

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