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Tent villages around Lake Saiful Muluk banned

Tent villages around Lake Saiful Muluk banned

MANSEHRA: Deputy commissioner, Mansehra, Aamir Khattak has asked the Balakot tehsil administration not to allow establishment of tent villages around Lake Saiful Muluk and provide adequate security to tourists coming to Kaghan valley.

“Kaghan valley is a heaven on earth, but pollution and encroachments are marring its natural beauty,” he said, asking the Balakot tehsil municipal administration to remove all encroachments and tent villages around the lake.

He was speaking at a meeting held to discuss security arrangements and other related steps ahead of the start of tourism season in Kaghan valley here on Saturday.

The meeting was also attended by assistant commissioner, Balakot, Shahid Mehmood, Kaghan valley Hoteliers Association president Seth Matiullah, and representatives of police and communication and works department.

The deputy commissioner said that all roads leading to the valley and scenic points should immediately be reopened to traffic.

He said that more police personnel should be deployed in the valley compared to the previous years.

Mr Khattak said that the government had been taking steps for preserving the natural beauty of the valley.

Mr Matiullah said that Prime Minister Nawz Sharif during his visit to the valley last year had announced a small hydropower project to meet the electricity needs of valley. He urged the district administration to take up the issue with the federal government so that work on the project could be started.

SPEEDY JUSTICE STRESSED: Justice Nisar Hussain Khan of the Peshawar High Court has asked the subordinate judiciary and lawyers to play an active role for early dispensation of justice to the litigants in the province.

“Islam asks for early dispensation of justice and when you, the lawyers and judges, would work together for the early dispensation of justice, you would not only follow the teachings of Islam, but also bring a positive change in the life of common people,” he said while speaking at the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-elected office-bearers of the district bar association here on Saturday.

The bar president, Hafiz Naseem, and secretary general Akhtar Nawaz Tanoli also spoke on the occasion.

Justice Khan earlier administered oath to the bar office-bearers and said he was proud to be a former member of the Mansehra district bar, which played an active role in the lawyers’ movement.

He said that the bench and bar could equally play an important role in the dispensation of justice. He said that the lawyers should assist courts for early disposal of cases.

Justice Khan also asked the subordinate judges and lawyers to address the issues faced by litigants. He also announced two computers on behalf of the Peshawar High Court for library of the district bar.

Published in Dawn, April 12th, 2015

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