Bettani tribe fined for violating ban

LAKKI MARWAT: The political administration of frontier region Lakki Marwat imposed heavy fine on three clans of Bettanni tribe for violating ban on poppy cultivation, said an official source on Wednesday. The source said that the tribesmen had ignored the clear cut orders of political authorities regarding ban on poppy cultivation in the tribal region, forcing the administration to destroy crops on a vast tract of land at its own and launch a crackdown on growers in the recent days. "As many as 36 tribesmen hailing from different clans were arrested and sent to jail under FCR during a special offensive against poppy cultivators", he maintained. The source told that the elders held a Jirga with assistant political agent Muhammad Fayyaz Khan Sherpao and assured him that the tribesmen would not cultivate the banned poppy crop in future. Malik Qader Khan, Malik Zaitullah, Malik Aezer Khan and Malik Thal Khan and other elders represented the tribesmen of their respective clans while political tehsildar Bakhtiar was also present on the occasion. "After a jirga with elders the administration decided to impose a fine of Rs 800000 to Shadikhel clan, Rs 600000 on Tarukhel clan and Rs 200000 on Wargaray clan", he told. He added that the administration also warned that a fine of Rs 50,00,000 would be imposed on the tribe if it was found involved in the malpractice of growing poppy crops in future.

JI plans to stage protest

F.P Report LAKKI MARWAT: The district chapter of Jamat-e-Islami held a meeting in Naurang Town on Tuesday to chalk out a plan for agitation against the arrest of JI's frontier region Lakki Marwat chief Maulana Zahidullah Bettanni. District ameer Malik Mir Shah presided over the meeting which was attended among others by secretary general Sabz Ali Naveed, deputy ameer Sher Ghulam, Al-khidmat foundation president Abdul Ghaffar Faryadi and Shabaab-e-Milli president Malik Jehan Zeb Hasan. The JI leaders said on the occasion that Maulana Zahidullah Bettanni was arrested under section of 40 FCR allegedly for leveling charges of corruption against political administration of FR Lakki. Expressing concern over the failure of talks with administration for securing release of arrested leader they decided that the Jamat would hold a protest demonstration in Tajori on April 28 against the arrest of Zahidullah Bettanni. Activists of Lakki Marwat, FR Lakki and Bannu chapters of JI will participate in the protest demonstration", they maintained. Nine persons arrested in police raid: Police claimed to have arrested nine persons including two dreaded outlaws during a raid on a hotel in Tajazai, said a police official on Tuesday. The official said that police were informed that anti-social element and wanted criminals were busy in gambling practice in a hotel upon which a surprise raid was carried out by Ghaznikhel police. During the raid police arrested nine accused persons identified as Yaseen Wahab, Rab Nawaz, Irfanullah, Sharifullah, Zainul Abidin, Asmatullah, Mirza Ali, Javed and Sarfraz", he maintained, saying that two of the arrested persons identified as Zainul Abidin and Sharifullah were proclaimed absconders and they were wanted by police in different cases of heinous nature. He told that police also seized two AK 47 assault rifles, six pistols, 340 bullets, stake money worth Rs 22000 and an amount of Rs 5000 from them and registered a case under relevant section of law.

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