SHABQADAR: Following reports that a native of Bajaur Agency studying at a varsity in Karachi had been found dead with torture marks, residents in the agency took to the streets to protest against what they claimed was an extrajudicial killing similar to the one of Naqeebullah Mehsud a few weeks ago.
On Tuesday morning, locals from Mamond Tehsil gathered at the second largest market of the agency, Anayat Kali, to stage a protest.
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Following a strike call issued by local leaders of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), the Anayat Kali market remained closed while a large number of locals gathered to vent their anger at the killing
The large gathering saw local leaders of several political parties and trade unions participate. They also closed down roads leading to and from the market.
The protestor held aloft placards and banners inscribed with demands for justice and to arrest the culprits responsible for Ahmad Shah’s death. They also raised slogans against the Sindh government and Sindh police and demanded that the Supreme Court chief justice take notice of the incident.
JUI-F local leader Mufti Sultan Muhammad and Mulvi Faiq, Jamaat-e-Islami’s Abdul Majeed, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Gul Zafar Baghi and Dr Khalil, Awami National Party Shiekh Jehanzada, Pakistan Peoples Party Aurangzeeb Inqilabi, tribal elders Gul Kareem Salarzai and Malak Saeed ur rehman.
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The protestor complained that most educational institutes in Bajaur Agency had been damaged because of the militancy and that the agency has no higher education institute, forcing youngsters to move to other parts of the country to seek higher education.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2018.