PESHAWAR  - Condemning the brutal killing of innocent tribesmen in the security forces operation in North Waziristan Agency, dozens of tribal students and elders on Friday staged a protest demonstration against the government here outside the Peshawar Press Club.
The protestors asked the rulers to stop extra judicial killing of the tribal people in Wana and end illogical curfew in the agency to shift the stranded people, including women and children to safer places. The demonstrators spearheaded by tribal elders Malik Riaz, Malik Akbar Khan and Waziristan Students Society President Hashim Khan, General Secretary Tahir Dawar and more than two hundred protesters belonging to North Waziristan Agency gathered and blocked the main Saddar road for all kind of vehicular traffic.
The protestors chanted slogans against the government and military operation in North Waziristan Agency for killing innocent local tribal people. The also hold banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the mortar shelling on innocent tribesmen, ongoing military operation and enforcement of unnecessary prolonged curfew in the agency.
Addressing the protestors, tribal elder Malik Riaz alleged that security forces pounded the civilians’ houses in the area with mortar shells due to which dozens of people were killed and so many others injured.
He said that the military operation was carried out on the pretext of presence of Uzbek and Tajiks in the area but only innocent locals were targeted.
He said that unnecessary and illogical curfew was imposed on Thursday night in the North Waziristan Agency due to which a large number of people were marooned. He said that due to enforcement of curfew, the tribesmen were confronting with immense difficulties, in absence of power and other basic commodities.
“We tribal people are patriotic and devoted citizens of the country,” Malik Akbar said, adding tribal people have rendered numerous sacrifices for motherland but even then they were being subjugated and treated like animals.
He further said that sustainable peace can never be restored until the killing of innocent people do not stop. Akbar asked the government to stop the ongoing military assault in North Waziristan Agency and rest parts of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
The protesting students also strongly condemned the US drone strikes in Pakistani territories, saying the incumbent rulers were become puppet in the hands of United States and its allies. They said the use of force was not a solution to the existing tribal issues and asked the government to initiate negotiation process with Taliban militants without any further delay.
The demonstrators also urged the government to end curfew imposed in the area aims to ensure shifting of stranded people, including women, children to safer places from North Waziristan and stop security forces from targeting innocent tribesmen in the garb of foreign militants.