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Protest held against demarcation of union councils

Protest held against demarcation of union councils

MURREE: Local residents and representatives of different political parties on Friday protested on The Mall against what they called the unjustified demarcation of union councils in the Murree town.

Former Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPA Raja Shafqat Khan Abbasi, Khalid Abbasi, president PPP Murree City, Raja Haroon Mehfooz of PTI, a former nazim Murree, Arshad Nawaz Abbasi, former PML-N nazim union council Namble, Ziaullah Abbasi, PML-N candidate for chairman UC Namble, Raja Daftar Abbasi, president PML-N Murree, Sajid Abbasi and Haleem Abbasi of Jammat-i-Islami were among those who participated in the demonstration.

The protesters said the demarcation of the UCs by the district election commission was unjust and illogical.

One of the oldest union councils, Nambal, has been dissolved and some of its areas have been included in the UC Mussiyari, Angoori and the Murree city.

A new UC, Dhaar Jawa, has been created, comprising Dhara, Jawa, Pithli, Chitta Mor, Bansra Gali. Previously, these areas were included in the Ghorra Gali union council.

Similarly, some of the areas of UC Murree city have been included in the Mussiyari union council. The areas such as Jabbar, Rakh Behramaal, Samli Behramal and Khajut, which were parts of UC Nambal, were included in the UC Mussiyari.

UC Bann has also been dissolved and its areas are now included in UC Charehaan, Ghehl and Wahgal.

This large-scale reshuffling of the geographical boundaries of the UCs would affect thousands of people, the protesters said.

Raja Daftar Abbasi said if the original demarcation was not restored, the people of Murree would launch an agitation. He said he along with a large number of political workers was also planning to move the courts against the move.

He said the union councils of Murree had been formed after considering their physical approach. Their unrealistic demarcations would create lots of problems for the locals. It would also raise conflicts among the people, he added.

Arshad Nawaz Abbasi, former UC Nazim Nambal and member the District Council, said demolishing of the UC and including its areas in other UCs was an injustice with the local people. He said it was a political conspiracy against his candidature as he had remained unbeaten in the UC since long.

The local people appealed to the chief election commissioner, Justice Sardar Raza Khan, to take notice of the issue.

Published in Dawn, September 5th, 2015

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