Chitral: According to news reports a high level meeting held under chairmanship Commissioner Malakand division made the following announcements
- The work inside the Lowari tunnel is 100 percent complete
- The tunnel will be closed for public travel between 8 am to 9 am, 1 pm to 2 pm, 5 pm to 6 pm, 10 pm to 4 am i.e the tunnel will be closed for public travel for 9 hours in 24 hours.
- ?It was also decided that during closure hours, government vehicles, millitary vehicles, police vehicles, NHA vehicles, levies vehicles, ambulances and seriously sick carrying vehicles will be allowed to pass through.
It was also decided that during Shandur Festival i.e from 5 July to 12 July the tunnel shall be open for all 24 hours i.e throughout the day.
Apart from the question as to why if the tunnel is 100 percent complete from inside are travelers not allowed to use it 100 percent i.e 24 hours as is the case with all tunnels everywhere in the world?, the above decisions made at the high level meeting are in direct contravention of the constitution of Pakistan which? clearly states that all citizens are equal in the eyes of law and shall enjoy equal collective facilities and privileges.
According to the above notification those categorized who can use the tunnel 24 hours are different to those common people who are condemned to wait for tunnel opening hours. This is not the Pakistan we asked for. The slogan of PTI saying “dow nahin aik Pakistan” (“Same rules for all”) is on test here. Let us see whether they actively protest about it or whether it is a hollow slogan from them. .. CN report, 05 Jul 2018.