LANDI KOTAL: rankings of protesting transporters and tribesmen blocked the Peshawar-Torkham toll road on Saturday in opposition to the collection of toll tax at a lately-hooked up country wide dual carriageway Authority toll plaza.

The protesters chanted slogans in opposition to the NHA authorities and threatened to take away the toll plaza if the collection of toll tax from heavy automobiles changed into now not stopped forthwith.

traffic remained suspended for nearly 5 hours which prompted hardships to ordinary residents and drivers of heavy motors taking trade items to Afghanistan thru the Torkham border.

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Shakir Afridi, a spokesman for the protesting transporters, said the federal and provincial governments had most effective currently announced exempting the seven merged tribal districts from all varieties of taxes for as a minimum 5 years.

“The government has backtracked on its promise and restarted collection of toll tax at the NHA toll plaza which we completely reject and will maintain our protest until it's miles stopped,” he reiterated.

NHA hooked up the toll plaza at Kata Kushta some 3 months ago and began collecting toll tax, however needed to stop tax collection after days following similar protests by using transporters and tribesmen.

in the meantime, NHA officers contended that they had restarted series of toll tax after getting orders from the court docket of Commissioner Peshawar and deputy commissioner Khyber tribal district.

They stated that the toll tax changed into collected simplest from cars taking change items to Afghanistan.

Transporters known as off protest after an assurance by way of nearby management to absorb the issue with NHA.

published in , March seventeenth, 2019