Balakot: On Tuesday, survivors of the 2005 earthquake marched through the Balakot Bazaar alongside traders to protest the protracted delay in the allocation of plots in the New Balakot City project.

Due to the Erra’s failure to complete work on the multi-billion-rupee housing project over the years, the earthquake survivors continued to live in prefabricated dwellings, he claimed.

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Residents would organise sit-ins outside the prime minister’s official home in Islamabad and the provincial assembly’s office in Peshawar if the Erra does not resume work on the housing project by Oct 15, according to the president of the Balakot traders’ group, Anwar Lala.

Trader leader Jawad Iqbal claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan had visited earthquake-affected families as the PTI leader and pledged support for their rehabilitation, but that after becoming the government, he did nothing to help them. Noor Hussain, a former tehsil nazim, stated that the earthquake survivors will not give up their quest for rights.

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The demonstrators bemoaned the federal and provincial administrations’ “apathy” in the face of their long-term misery. Some marched barefoot on the route, while others wore shrouds over their heads. They chanted slogans against Erra and the federal and provincial governments while holding banners and posters.

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