In Kurram Agency: 64 tribesmen fleeing security operation die

Tribal elders say they died of hunger, natural calamities and accidents, around 12,000 families displaced.

Our Correspondent May 14, 2013
“If the government does not want to register them as IDPs, at least it can help them in providing tents and food,” says a tribal elder. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


Tribal elders have claimed that at least 64 people – including women and children – have died of hunger, natural calamities and accidents while 12,000 families have been uprooted from their homes in Kurram Agency following a military operation against militants.

Speaking at a news conference at Parachinar Press Club, elders of Para Chamkani and Masuzai tribes Hayat Khan Chamkani, Hafizullah, Haji Saddin and Yousaf Khan Chamkani claimed that around 12,000 families were displaced by the military operation in the past one week.

On May 7, militants took control of several security check-posts in the Masuzai and Para Chamkani mountainous areas of Central Kurram, Haji Sadeen Khan said. On May 9, a heavy gunfight erupted between security forces and militants in the area, forcing the families to flee for safety. He added that militants from Orakzai and Khyber agencies captured the surrounding areas and infiltrated villages.

As a result, Haji Sadeen said, most of the tribal people moved to lower parts of the agency, including Khar, Khazi Khel and Palash Khel, and have been living without food and health facilities. Apart from the 64 people who have died, a large number of cattle have also perished due to hunger and accidents, while hundreds of children are suffering from various diseases.

Tribal elder Hafizullah demanded the government register the displaced families as internally displaced persons and provide them with food and health facilities. “If the government does not want to register them as IDPs, at least it can help them in providing tents and food,” he added.

Speaking on the elections, Hafizullah, who was also Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s candidate for NA-38 and NA-39, said that the general elections were suspended in NA-38 because tribesmen insisted on contesting them and would not participate in them unless they were repatriated to their homes.

He added that Gondal, Tabay, Malo Pattai, Darya Sarpakh, Goganay, Aroza, Makhranai Godar and other villages were also under the control of militants.

School, dispensary set alight

Also on Tuesday, militants torched a local dispensary and state-run school in Para Chamkani area, reducing the buildings to ashes.

Separately, two people were injured when a mortar shell fired from an undisclosed location struck the houses of tribesmen in the Camel Baza area of Central Kurram.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 15th, 2013.


Azad | 9 years ago | Reply

@Faisal: People of KPK and FATA have extreme hat for the militants becz they deprived our children form basic health facility, destroyed our educational institution, devastated our tourism industry and snatched people livelihood. it not people of KPK and FATA who support Taliban but the people in our establishment and intelligence agencies who consider them strategic assets. Non-state elements like Taliban can be recruited and organized even in the heartland of Punjab if our intelegne agencies want so. The people of FATA have be brainwashed and now terrorized by our agencies for the few decads that is why they cant resist these non-state elements. Whoever resist thes elements are terminated by our intelligence forces.

Bhatti | 9 years ago | Reply

Ya Allah! make things easier for these Guys. :(

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