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.

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