Upper Kurram: ‘New peace deal a ploy to protect Haqqanis’

Published: November 3, 2011

YP says deployment of troops in Parachinar against human rights. PHOTO: AFP

Youth of Parachinar (YP) have appreciated peace efforts in Kurram Agency but described the new peace deal in the besieged tribal area as an effort to give shelter to the Haqqani Network. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, the YP said they “want peace but not a drama in the name of peace deal … Parachinar has been used for the last five years due to its strategic importance to Afghanistan.”

According to the proposed peace deal, security check posts will be established from Chapri Check Post in Lower Kurram to Upper Kurram.

However, the government has established dozens of check posts and deployed hundreds of security officials in Parachinar by neglecting other parts of Kurram, where militants are openly beheading innocent people, the statement read.

“Parachinar is free from Taliban and peace in Upper Kurram is exemplary. Under these circumstances, deployment of security forces in Parachinar is against human rights,” said the statement.

“If someone wants to bring the militants to Upper Kurram once again then the responsibility of any unwanted situation will be on the concerned authority,” it added.

They demanded the government to bring an end to their “step-motherly” treatment towards the people of Kurram and address their basic problems. They warned of holding a protest in front of General Headquarters Rawalpindi if their demands are not met.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2011.

Reader Comments (1)

  • Nov 6, 2011 - 10:15PM

    It is incredible and treasonous how the Pakistan army sabotaged the Turi tribe to force them into negotiations with the Taliban, so that Haqqani ‘Sahib’ could gain access in and out of Afghanistan.

    The stupidity of ‘strategic depth’ is more like ‘strategic death’. The duplicity and double game is obvious. Militancy, religious extremism, anti-minority sectarianism, tribalism, etc will sadly continue to plague Pakistan due to the state condoning such individuals and organizations locally for their narrow visioned cruel, evil and murderous proxy terrorism in neighbouring countries for hegemonic control.

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