Updated: Aug 11, 2022 6:38 am IS
North Waziristan [Pakistan]11 AUG (ANI): Protests against the targeted killings in Pakistan’s North Waziristan continue for the 23rd day.
On Twitter, the Pashtun Tahafuz movement said that locals blasted the fake encounter drama in North Waziristan.
“The protest movement continues on the 23rd day in North Waziristan against targeted killings. Locals had exposed the fake/staged drama of the security situation in North Waziristan and the deep state‘s role in targeted killings,” PTM tweeted.
PTM, a right-wing resistance movement in Pakistan that criticizes state policies in the tribal belt, has ruffled feathers in the Pakistani military by calling for an investigation into the army’s gross human rights abuses.
Protests against increasing incidents of targeted killings in the district had begun as dozens of people were killed in these incidents.
Earlier, on August 4, tens of thousands of agitators took to the streets, stopping vehicle traffic for many hours and also burning old tires. A 50-strong committee led the protest as residents placed boulders on Bannu-Miramshah Road, Thall-Mirali Road, Ghulam Khan Road, Razmak Road and Datakhel Road in the area.
According to Dawn, business centers, markets and shops in Miramshah, Mirali and other small towns in the district have been closed by order of a jirga of the Uthmanzai tribe.
Initially, residents organized protests in the village of Eidak, but later spread to the entire district. Senior district officials also held several meetings with tribal elders to persuade them to cancel Wednesday’s protests. However, committee chairman Malik Rab Nawaz said the North Waziristan Political Alliance, transport companies and other associations had “fully” supported the protest.
Locals in North Waziristan tribal district of Pakistan also held a sit-in last week blocking the main road connecting Miramshah to other areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to protest the targeted killings and lawlessness in the region.
A 30-strong jirga, made up of elders from all branches of the Uthmanzai tribe, was formed to discuss the situation with local officials.
Notably, there have been several cases of such killings in North Waziristan in recent months. Earlier, the workers of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Utmanzai tribes also protested in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa North Waziristan against the killing of the local leaders and the lawlessness in the district.
The protest movement was launched under the leadership of the elders of the Uthmanzai tribe, the main tribe from which the Dawar and Ahmadzai Wazir tribes in North Waziristan descend, Dawn reported.
The protesters had also blocked Bannu-Miranshah and Miranshah-Ghulam Khan roads to urge the government to accept their demands. (ANI)