Bara killings: Police, protesters clash outside Peshawar Press Club

Published: January 17, 2013

Bara tribesmen protest with bodies of those killed outisde the Governor House in Peshawar on January 16, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: Bara protesters and police clashed outside the Peshawar Press club after officials attempted to disperse the crowd on the second day of the protest, Express News reported.

The police fired shells at the protesters and resorted to aerial firing. The protesters, responding in kind, pelted them with stones.

The ensuing chaos resulted in aerial firing from both sides which injured a few among the crowd.

The protesters, however, dispersed from outside the press club after a another contingent of police reached the scene.

Police, earlier today, fired tear gas shells to disperse coffin-carrying protesters who refused to bury 14 people allegedly killed in a raid by security forces, officials said.

The pre-dawn operation was launched about 13 hours after around 300 people staged a sit-in outside the governor’s house in Peshawar along with bodies of those killed in the raid on Tuesday night.

The protesters blamed security forces and refused to bury the bodies until they get justice.

“We used tear gas and dispersed the protesters because they were creating a law and order situation in Peshawar,” senior police officer Kamal Hussain said.

The bodies were taken to their home town of Bara and handed to the local administration for burial, he said.

Local police station chief Shabih Hussain confirmed the tear gas shelling, adding that 17 people were arrested and later released.

Residents said armed men attacked five homes in Bara and killed 14 people on Tuesday night.

“They entered our houses and killed our relatives to avenge the killing of six security personnel in the same area of Bara on Monday night,” said local resident Muhammad Shabbir, a former member of the Frontier Corps (FC), told AFP.

Security and military officials denied that security forces were involved and said it was militants who attacked the homes.

Shabbir said his father, five brothers and two cousins were among the dead.

The government ordered a judicial enquiry into the incident and decided to pay 400,000 rupees ($4,000) each to the families of the deceased, Hussain said.

Wednesday’s protest was the second of its type in a week.

In Quetta, thousands of Shias demonstrated for four days after the worst-ever bomb attack on their minority community in Pakistan killed 92 people.

They refused to bury the dead, demanding the army take over security in Quetta. The protest mainly by ethnic Hazara Shias ended after Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf sacked the provincial government.

Last month, Amnesty International said both the Pakistan military and the Taliban were guilty of rights abuses in the tribal belt. The military rejected the allegations as a “pack of lies”.

Reader Comments (28)

  • Jan 17, 2013 - 12:40PM

    Where is media, human rights champions now. if there were shia, ahmedi or hindus, then imagine what would be our media reaction??

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 17, 2013 - 12:43PM

    When Hazars protest with bodies,
    they are respected, when tribesman do the same,
    they are tear-gassed — are we aliens ??
    Are we not part of Pakistan???

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  • raheeeel
    Jan 17, 2013 - 12:46PM

    very sad event,it should b investigated fully,my condolence for bereaved families!

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  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 1:42PM

    @Pakistani:
    @ptdc:
    Don’t make it a sectarian Issue……….. Wake Up…….

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  • pakhtoon
    Jan 17, 2013 - 1:45PM

    i think it is time that pakhtons take their guns and stand against this government and fight for their rights. If pakhtons dont take any serious action they will kill more like this.

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  • Something Clever
    Jan 17, 2013 - 1:59PM

    @Pakistani:
    Not really. No. You’re not.
    But I’m simply going by the way you behave.

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  • kHaN
    Jan 17, 2013 - 1:59PM

    Pashtuns and Baloch are never considered to be “Pakistanis” by their country-fellows. So why complain? Army conducted operation in Karachi about 21 years ago and it’s criticized up to now and the victims do their politics on it however, there have been military Ops in FATA and Baluchistan for a decade now, no body bothers to ask why at least ask what have achieved with these Ops so far.

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  • Anonymous
    Jan 17, 2013 - 2:01PM

    First of all, this was not the first time when the hazara people got targeted. This is happening from last 4 years. Second thing, hazara people didnt move their dead bodies to CM house. they sit on the road where the blast occur. Third thing is they were peaceful. they didn’t throw a single stone on any gov personal except few cases that happened at 4th day. initially media try to avoid their protest but as the protest size increased and affect other cities then media starts highlighting it. I am not comparing the blood cost of people died in these two incidents. i am just highlighting the difference in protest and behaviour people.

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  • Jan 17, 2013 - 2:11PM

    @Voice of D.I.Khan:
    Sadly this is what it is. Treating two different groups of people differently within few days definitely will lead to such assumption.

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  • The Great Game
    Jan 17, 2013 - 2:17PM

    The greatest game…..Using Pashtuns against Pushtuns at all fronts…..by the name war on terror, national security and writ of the government or taliban…….. In Balochistan Pashtun are victims, Afghanistan Pashtuns, KPK Pashtuns, FATA Pashtuns, Swat Pashtun, Karachi Pashtuns….FC Pashtuns..Police Pashtuns…Taliban Pashtuns……World politicians using Pashtuns, agencies using Pashtun, Local politicians using Pashtuns, s……wake up Pashtuns before no Pashtun alive.

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  • Gul Hazara
    Jan 17, 2013 - 2:56PM

    Violence of any kind against any human being is intolerable. My voice is for justice to prevail. Please stop bloodshed. Any innocent killed is an irreparable loss.
    Peace in Pakistan is the solution to its chaos.
    We all are human beings. I know the pain of losing a brother and father and condemn any sort of violence.

    Please struggle for peace and justice.

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  • Yaser
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:34PM

    Pashtuns haven’t been given their rights since 1940s. Sadly we have never united to fight for our rights. Sadly we’ve never had a reliable leadership to unite under.

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  • B
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:49PM

    Sad to see Security Agencies killing innocent women and children.Recommend

  • Great Pukhtoons
    Jan 17, 2013 - 3:53PM

    Pukhtoons are the Greatest People on the planet and Other ethnicities of Pakistan cannot even be compared with us so they are creating a great game to disperse us to stop us uniting together. It is a high time that Pukhtoons of Afghanistan and Pakistan and Even Karachi Should unite and Carve out Own Country and teach these Pakistanis a lesson.

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  • Feedom Seeker
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:07PM

    Those who respect get respect and honor. Killers have no sympathy and honor.

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  • Jamal Khan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 4:08PM

    It is a High time that Pukhtoons should be united one under flag. SIndhis and Punjabis dont want to see us Prosper and time to take avenge from them. In the past we were united and we ruled them and this time as well let us unite together and this time Karachi is ours, Punjab is our and Pukhtoons will rise to their Past glory again.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Jan 17, 2013 - 5:47PM

    Where is mr tsunami khan now. Are these not innocent pakistanis who were killed. Oh they were not killed by drones but by our own security forces!

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  • Ali Hasan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 6:03PM

    I’m shocked that the army denied allegations against it. No really, I am.

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  • Ihsan Afridi
    Jan 17, 2013 - 6:30PM

    It happened,it is happening and it will happen if we will not raise our voice now. We have no right to protest peacefully? Wake up Pakistan….

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  • Khan
    Jan 17, 2013 - 8:46PM

    @Jamal Khan:
    @The Great Game:
    @Great Pukhtoons:
    If our own people in tribal areas stop sheltering Arabs, Chechens and other foreigners including all those people who do not respect our sovereignty or of our neighbors and resort to creating mayhem by crossing in to another country freely and take up violence to impose their twisted ideas by force over the majority then I’m afraid these security ops will continue till we block the border and kick out all those foreigners and locals who are Anti State and anti tribal customs. Just few weeks ago half a dozen chechens were killed in attack in University Town and you dare to think that you can mislead us with your illogical comments?
    Keep yourself away from Pakistan stay back in your country and stop spreading hatred here .. we are the guardians and sons of this land and are well aware of your psyche .. What’s next? come up with your old agenda saying your country stretch up to Attock?
    @pakhtoon:

    You’re a troll .. We are not fools to be mislead by people like you who in a disguise is trying to fool us. At least learn to spell Pukhtoon correctly before speaking or go back to your Kabulistan.

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  • hate speech
    Jan 17, 2013 - 8:47PM

    Et tu, Brute! being an eye witness of most of the protest and negotiations………this is what its all about……..

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  • Jan 18, 2013 - 12:00AM

    if only they were shia – or martyred by Taliban….

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  • Faqir Ipi
    Jan 18, 2013 - 12:30AM

    We, have nothing to our name, yet we stand up to the unjust. We have called the tyrant tyrant to his face. We have called a murderer a murderer to his face. Whether someone admits it or not, history will be our witness. Pukhtunkhwa, the mother lioness births lions. Pukhtunkhwa, the mother of men, gives birth to men. History, we need not answer you!

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  • Faqir Ipi
    Jan 18, 2013 - 12:31AM

    “We used tear gas and dispersed the protesters of Bara Killing in Peshawar.” Senior Police Officer Kamal Hussain

    When Hazars protest with bodies, they are respected, when tribesman do the same, they are tear-gassed — are Pashtuns aliens ??

    Do Taliban or ISI control Police in Peshawar the Capital of KPk where ANP so called nationalist are ruling ?

    YA TERA PAKISTAN HAY SIRF AUR SIRF TERA PAKISTAN
    YA TERA PASHTUNKHWA HAY SIRF AUR SIRF TERA PASHTUNKHWA

    HAM TU HAIN IS MEIN KHWA MKHAW

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  • Faqir Ipi
    Jan 18, 2013 - 12:34AM

    Karachi Military Operation———10 Weeks
    MQM is coalition partner and ruling in Islamabad and Karachi for past 25 years

    Bengal Military Operation———-10 Months
    Pakistan is divided and 90K milliatary men are POW

    Waziristan Military Operation——10 Years

    Comparisons are odious but unavoidable.

    Hue & Cry over Shahzeb Muder, Malala, Swat Flogging Vedio, Hazara Killing etc.

    Media, NGOs, Civil Society Hue & Cry is directly proportional to US $.

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  • Faqir Ipi
    Jan 18, 2013 - 12:35AM

    What you do ?

    When your home is on fire and your people with no name are killed. And someone from Greater Mardan, Swabi, Peshawar, Islamabad, Pindi, Lahore, Karachi lecture you day in day out because they are paid for their pimping role in Dollars.

    2 million dollars and some more of blood money to Raymod Davis affectee, added to the prospect of American visas, is not something to scoff at in our parts.

    Callous and cynical as it may sound, Pashtuns from Southern Part of KPk (DI Khan, Bannu, Lucky Marvat, Waziristan, Kohat) are killed, wantonly and cruelly, all the time and they get nothing not even Media Coverage. It is also justified in names of Media Black Out or No Man Land.

    Those sounding most and lecturing on Waziristan are the main collaborators, beniftors and profiteers of the US during ongoing US War for Terror.

    They try to fool and fool you in name of Pashtuns, Pakistan, Islam and humanity.

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  • Jan 18, 2013 - 11:05PM

    so sed

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  • Faqir Ipi
    Jan 18, 2013 - 11:36PM

    Pakistani news channels, civil society, NGOs, Leaders have shown Waziristan bias during past 10 years. There is a complete black out of Waziristan. Nothing comes out, the only narrative is what the military, political agents, Bacha Khan Nationalist or the militants say.

    The world only hear massaged and prepared reports of few journalist who made millions during past 10 years e.g. Salim Safi, Hamid Mir, Rahimullah Yousafzai etc.

    Currently looking into Waziristan matters is just like measuring the depth of sea while flying in an aircraft over it.

    From someone, hailing from an area on less than 1 Hour drive from Waziristan however not knowing much about know about OBL, Alqaeda, Taliban.

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