Upper Dir: MPA Malik Shafiullah, special assistant to the chief minister on prisons, launched a road project at Sarai Payeen in Talash on Wednesday, which would cost Rs10 million to complete.

The congressman stated the administration will ensure timely completion of ongoing projects while speaking at a gathering on this occasion. He stated that the Kalpani-Talash bypass route was nearing completion.

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He stated that courses at Timergara Medical College will begin the next year. The Government Contractors Association, Malakand division, denounced the government’s inability to release enough funding for ongoing construction programmes in Dir on Wednesday, and urged contractors to remove their machines from project sites in protest.

Scores of contractors gathered at the offices of the executive engineer of the Communication and Works Department in Timergara, carrying banners and posters, and then held a protest rally in front of the DC office in Balambat.

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The association’s divisional president Ikramullah, general secretary Imran Takur, and others spoke at the event, complaining that the government was not doing enough to alleviate their concerns.

The contractors claimed they were inaugurating projects in their constituencies while criticising the PTI MPs, but they had failed to win the flow of development funding from the government. The contractors, according to the speakers, have been unable to continue working on government projects due to a lack of funding for the past three years.

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