Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Monday sought the help of Pakistan NAVY in searching of 26 missing persons drowned in Tarbela lake due to boat capsizing incident on July 3,2019 carrying more than 40 passengers from Dedal Kamach in Shangla to Haripur through Indus River. Laiq Muhammad Khan of Awami National Party (ANP) on a point of order appreciated the services of KP government and Pakistan Army for searching missing persons and said that some were rescued live on time and several bodies recovered but the government must contact with Pakistan NAVY for searching the other 26 missing persons including women and children.
Leader of the Opposition, Akram Khan Durrani drew the attention of the house that the incident occurred due to nonavailability of bridge in the area. He said the people use boats for travelling to reach the other parts of the province. Durrani urged the government for construction of a bridge to connect Shangla district with Hazara Division. Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Sultan Muhammad Khan said that it was a terrible incident and the government soon after started measures to rescue the passengers. He said that helicopters were also used for searching of people and other rescue teams took action in time.
He said the government issued safety measures for stopping such incidents in future. He assured MPA Laiq Muhammad Khan that the government would must contact Pakistan NAVY for searching missing persons. Minister for Communication, Akbar Ayub Khan said the bridge would be constructed at a cost of Rs 7 billion and donors in this regard would be contacted soon. He said that road from Dedal to Torgher would also be constructed to resolve the problems of the people of the area.
Meanwhile, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affair Sultan Muhammad Khan, while answering the question of Inayat Ullah Khan of MMA, said the provincial government had chosen Rashakai Special Economic Zone (RSEZ) as prioritized under China Pakistan Economic Zone (CPEC) Framework.