Two killed as IDPs clash with security forces in Bannu

Published: June 22, 2015
File photo. PHOTO: AFP

File photo. PHOTO: AFP


PESHAWAR: At least two internally displaced persons (IDPs) were killed and 10 wounded after soldiers fired at them, an official said on Monday.

The incident on Sunday evening comes a year after the army began a major offensive in North Waziristan to wipe out militant strongholds, which it has hailed as a resounding success.

According to a senior security official who declined to be named, a clash broke out when a boy was asked to register as he left a camp in Bannu, a major centre for people forced from their homes by the fighting.

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“When his father came, during the process of registration, there was exchange of harsh words and a brawl between security officials and the man,” the official said.

“After this brawl, he went inside the camp and brought many people with him who started protesting outside the camp and also hurling stones on the soldiers.”

The official said two IDPs were shot dead in the ensuing clash, a death toll confirmed by three civilian administrators who also declined to be named.

The security official added that 10 IDPs were wounded, as were four soldiers.

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The conflict zone has been off-limits to media, making it hard to verify the identity of those killed independently.

Ghairatullah, a 39-year-old cattle herder displaced by the military operation who lives in the camp, blamed the army for allowing the situation to escalate.

“A soldier began beating one of the guys. It created anger among the locals. And they tried to restrain him. Then the rest of the soldiers joined in with the beating and it spread panic,” he said.

“We were helpless, we had nothing. We picked up stones and threw them at the soldiers to stop them beating our friends but they began firing and started killing us,” he added.

Bushra Gohar, a local politician and rights activist, said the killings punctured the government’s triumphant narrative regarding the North Waziristan operation.

“There are still over a million IDPs (internally displaced persons) living in miserable conditions away from their homes, with no signs of reconstruction or rehabilitation of their destroyed homes and livelihoods,” she told AFP.

She added that the Taliban’s main leaders remained at large, and called for a parliamentary review of the offensive with greater media access to the war zone.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Begging bowl
    Jun 22, 2015 - 2:43PM

    Pak army needs to stop this high-handedness among its own people… In the absence of basic facilities to these IDPs, they have become vulnerable and it seems pak has not learnt its lesson of internal oppression of 1971.Recommend

  • Kashif Aman
    Jun 22, 2015 - 3:09PM

    @Begging bowl: Certainly you can’t keep your head out of someone’s internal matter when there are penalty of your own to deal with. Discipline must be followed !!!Recommend

  • Mr Pukhtoon
    Jun 22, 2015 - 4:33PM

    @Begging bowl:
    Doesnt India have 400miion+ people living ,pooping oh and yes begging on its streets?Maybe you should have chosen the name Slum Dog Millionaire.Its a perfect description of India!Recommend

    Jun 22, 2015 - 5:16PM

    Rangers and army jawans are not trained to manage citizens of the country. This is the job of the Police. Rangers and army jawans who are supposed to defend our borders, when they are used within the country this is bound to happen. It is the fault of the leadership that is using inappropriately the forces at its disposal. Hopefully, common sense will prevail in my country. This incident was absolutely avoidable. Recommend

  • London Banker
    Jun 22, 2015 - 5:21PM

    Despite the stress our soldiers need to treat these people like humans. These IDPs are suffering because of an army offensive which had to be done because the problem was not tackled by these security forces to start with decades ago. Our army must remember that this is a fight of hearts and minds and once they start hating their army, all is lost. When we protest the opening of fire of police officials we must do so for these people as well. Stone throwers can never be silence by guns. Recommend

  • Anees Khan
    Jun 22, 2015 - 5:21PM

    Brothers: We need to condemn this, if someone somewhere do bad things we need to learn from their mistakes. We need to correct ourselves and appreciate the individuals how point out our mistakes.Recommend

  • Azi
    Jun 22, 2015 - 5:23PM

    @Begging bowl:

    Just today India killed three people in Kashmir, when BSF bravery meter drops it targets elderly and very young kids who cant be classified as threats, with in India there are stories upon stories of rapes by officers, an officer out guilt committed suicide after burning to death a kid just because he was a muslim. You can go on and on but to no avail, oppression has become second nature to you Indians.

    @ topic:

    There must be a big reason they were killed. PA has been overseeing them for over a year and no incident had occurred, maybe some hot head lost his mind and started a fight with army. Whatever it is, needs to be investigated and culprits punished. These IDPs are so un thankful, army has rescued their men and kids who were going to be property and future operatives of ttp and this is how they repay. Recommend

  • Waseem Ahmad
    Jun 22, 2015 - 5:31PM

    Running an IDP camp is not the job of army. It is the job of PDMA and FDMA. They should forthwith leave the camp to civilian administration. The disaster management authorities have run other camps successfully including the sprawling Jalozai Camp in Nowshera district. Millions of IDPs from Malakand were taken care of but no such like firing incident had taken place. what is so special about Bakakhel camp that it should be definitely supervised by the Army.Recommend

  • Sheer khan
    Jun 22, 2015 - 9:06PM

    Pak Army should stop taking money from USA, Pakistan became totally depends on forgien aids.
    If these people wake up once , it will be worst then 1971. Punjabies should know it is not bangal will run away,and story will finish.Recommend

  • Jun 22, 2015 - 10:44PM

    Extremely sorry for knowing that our brave army have opened fire on helpless IDPs of NORT.
    If not forgotten three years earlier Remained Davis killed two our Pakistani & then freed with out any charges.
    Again sorry upon the policy maker of our country.
    They should remember that control of crowed is the duty of police not army.
    May Allah give us leader not add.Recommend

  • A
    Jun 23, 2015 - 12:19AM

    This is the most shameful news of this year. Alas! not a single statement from entire political or military leadership.

    Truly disgusting. Recommend

  • mazhar abbas
    Jun 23, 2015 - 2:35AM

    cant believe idps version of the story. there must be something serious otherwise soldiers abide by rule of engagments.Recommend

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