Ignored voices: Parachinar youth protest ‘Taliban brutality, state negligence’

Published: February 21, 2012
The blast is one of the deadliest attacks in the restive area for years.

The blast is one of the deadliest attacks in the restive area for years.

Hundreds of youth held a protest rally outside the parliament on Monday against the recent suicide attack in a Parachinar market, said a press release issued by the Youth Association of Parachinar.

Protestors chanted slogans against the government and authorities for their failure to protect the Turi Bangash tribes of Parachinar.

They blamed some elements in the security forces for targetting those who are resisting the terrorists. The youth argued that the people of Parachinar have faced four years of terrorism in which more than 1,500 Turi Bangash tribesmen have been murdered and over 5,000 have been injured. Furthermore, they argued that the Thall Parachinar Road was closed only for anti-Taliban Turi Bangash tribes but opened for both security forces and Taliban fleeing to Orakzai and Waziristan.

When the security of Parachinar and upper Kurram was in the hands of Turi Bangash volunteers serving on check posts, no incident of terrorism or suicide occurred, said a youth at the protest. However, in the three months the army and FC has taken charge of check posts, the action has converted a Parachinar city into a security state, he added. He further maintained that during the summer of 2011 they protested in Islamabad by setting up a protest camp continuously for four months against Taliban brutality. However, civil societies and human rights organisations did not give them due coverage.

Another protester alleged support was now being given to supporters of Difa-e-Pakistan and missing persons, a majority of whom are Taliban and killers of innocent Pakistanis especially Parachinaries. They also threatened to stage a sit-in in front of General Headquarters if their demands were not met.

The protesters demanded that the alleged mastermind of the suicide attack, Taliban Commander Fazal Saeed Haqani should be hanged and given exemplary punishment. They also sought court martial and exemplary punishments for security personnel and FC men who opened fire on protesters and crushed them under tanks.

Enraged protesters demanded the immediate release of the Parachinaries who have been abducted by Taliban especially Qaiser Hussain, an MSc student and two other children who were abducted by Taliban on March 25, 2011 at Bagan Lower Kurram. They also sought the removal of security check posts at Parachinar immediately and deployment of levy force, demanding the establishment of  Fata Medical College for Parachinar that was approved by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

“We also want restoration of PIA flights to the area immediately because many injured persons have died due to lack of medical facilities en route  to Peshawar,” added Anwar, a protester.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • zehra
    Feb 21, 2012 - 11:43AM

    i wondere till when will they be left to suffer alone!! it just infriuates me the way the media and the polictacl parties ignore parachinar!!


    Feb 21, 2012 - 1:18PM

    Like Balochistan , Parachinar is also being ignored by the authorities and Taliban have been given a free hand. Have we handed over PARACHINAR to taliban on a silver platter???? or is PARACHINAR not a part of PAKISTAN????


  • FJ
    Feb 21, 2012 - 2:13PM

    They are not targeted because of their tribe, it’s because they are shia!


  • ashraf
    Feb 21, 2012 - 4:31PM

    What is happening to this country? What is happening to Parachinar?

    Where are Zardari, Gilani, and Kiani? What are they doing to protect their countrymen from Taliban terrorists?

    On 17 February, security forces actually fired on and killed 3 protesters protesting against an earlier suicide bombing that killed 23 people. Is this the way a security agency is supposed to operate?


  • Javed
    Feb 21, 2012 - 4:43PM

    Enough is enough. When will the Saudi funding of Pakistani terror stop?


  • Feb 21, 2012 - 8:01PM

    Dont mix TTP factions funded by Raad, Mossad, KGB, RAW, CIA with Afghan Taliban


  • s shah
    Feb 21, 2012 - 9:13PM

    @ Pakistan Politics: Who cares if they are Pakistani Taliban or Afghan Taliban. They have both ruined this country and caused immeasurable havoc and suffering.


  • Feb 22, 2012 - 10:13AM

    Any enemy of humanity cannot be our friend. The TTP are the same; they are not only the enemy of the peace loving people of Pakistan and Afghanistan but also the enemy of the United States. Conspiracy theorists weave a web of deceit that entangles simple people and confuses them to the extent that they are unable to see right from wrong. It is so easy to float a lie without an iota of truth in it. These deceptions and lies do not help anybody, and in the end the ones who gain from all this are the terrorists. They keep on with their ruthless killing of innocent people. Taliban never had the support of the United States, and we will never support them in their violent ways. Unless all join together and take a stand to support our troops against these terrorists, things will not change and innocents will continue to die in vain.

    Maj David Nevers
    DET-United States Central Command


  • Syed Ahmed
    Feb 25, 2012 - 1:32PM

    you are the one who created and still funding and letting loose these terrorists on Pakistanis one way or the other.Recommend

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