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Girls’ primary school in Kurram closed for 12 years due to dispute over possession of land

Girls’ primary school in Kurram closed for 12 years due to dispute over possession of land

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May 28, 2016

SADA, 28 May: A dispute over the possession of land between two groups in Central Kurram agency has forced the only government primary school for girls to remain closed for 12 long years.

According to local residents, the school was built in 2002 in Said Karam area only to be closed down in 2004 due to dispute over possession of land between two groups.

The local people added that both the groups claimed that the school was built on their land. The political administration had constituted a jirga to settle the dispute but it failed to resolve the issue due to rigid stance of the opponent groups.

“Despite the efforts of local administration, the dispute still persists due to which the school is closed down,” a local tribesman informed.

He lamented that due to the dispute, the local girls are being deprived of education facility as no one in the village is ready to send their daughters to other schools situated at a long distance.

“When the school was established, large number of girls were enrolled in it. But since it is the only school for girls in the area, our girls are being deprived of getting education. We demand that the school should be opened as soon as possible,” remarked the tribesman.

Meanwhile, when contacted, the assistant political agent Wisal Khan Khattak told TNN that efforts are underway to resolve the dispute. He hoped that the school would be reopened soon.

It is worth a mention here that in tribal elders, influential people including maliks and political figures give land to the government for the construction of school and health facilities in FATA in order to get government jobs for their family members against junior posts such as security guard, watchman etc.

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