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 Religious fanatics responsible for Kurram crisis
Thursday, July 30, 2009
By By Tauseef-ur-Rahman
PESHAWAR: Speakers at a daylong dialogue here on Wednesday expressed concern over the humanitarian crisis in the Kurram Agency and termed the government, the neighbouring countries and religious fanaticism responsible for the strife.

“The Mullahs (clerics) cannot decide the fate of the people. Take powers from them and things will be settled down,” said Munir Hussain, a resident of the agency, speaking at a dialogue titled ‘Humanitarian Crisis in Kurram Agency: Need for Effective Remedial Measures’ organised jointly by Actionaid and the Centre for Research and Social Development (CRSD).

Munir said the Shia and Sunni sects were living peacefully in the agency but after religious fanatics took hold of power, the sectarian issue started in the agency. He said that today the clerics were enjoying all powers in the agency and Maliks, elders and political administration had become powerless and helpless against them.

The speaker said the conflict in the restive Kurram Agency was not sectarian rather it was tribal feud among various tribes on different issues but they were portrayed as a sectarian issue.

Another speaker held the banned religious outfits responsible for the conflict, saying unless the armed religious groups from both Sunni and Shia sects were eliminated, durable peace in Kurram Agency would remain a far cry. “The situation will not improve in the agency until the government takes strict action against banned religious organisations active in the agency,” he said.

Dr Riaz Hussain, the PPP president of the agency, said that time and again he informed the PPP-led federal government about the ongoing situation in the Kurram Agency and difficulties being faced to the people but to no avail. “The government as well as the spy agencies know what is going on in the Kurram Agency but they are silent over the sufferings of the people,” he said.

Dr Riaz said the government had to take action against foreign and local militants in the agency to restore its writ.

Attaullah Khan, another resident of Kurram Agency, alleged that religious organisations from the two sects were actively involved in fanning sectarian violence between the two sects. He demanded of the government to conduct an inquiry into the massacre in Kurram Agency through a judicial commission and the culprits should be awarded exemplary punishment.

Dr Said Alam Mahsud, leader of Amn Tehrik, held religious fanaticism responsible for the unrest in the area. He said it was started during the regime of General Ziaul Haq with the aim of defeating former Soviet Union. He strongly criticised foreign elements for meddling in the affairs of Kurram Agency, saying that Uzbeks, Arabs and Punjabis should keep themselves away from the issue.

The PMAP leader said it was the responsibility of the state to resolve the issue. He said the state had, however, failed to resolve the conflict in the last three years and now the tribesmen had themselves taken the initiative to solve the problem as per Pakhtunwali.

Senior journalist Shamim Shahid accused some foreign countries of harbouring and providing huge funds to their respective ideological militant groups for their own vested interests. He said the clergy exploited the Pakhtuns in the name of religion and they should get rid of such forces to resolve their issues amicably.

 
 

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 Religious fanatics responsible for Kurram crisis
Thursday, July 30, 2009
By By Tauseef-ur-Rahman
PESHAWAR: Speakers at a daylong dialogue here on Wednesday expressed concern over the humanitarian crisis in the Kurram Agency and termed the government, the neighbouring countries and religious fanaticism responsible for the strife.

“The Mullahs (clerics) cannot decide the fate of the people. Take powers from them and things will be settled down,” said Munir Hussain, a resident of the agency, speaking at a dialogue titled ‘Humanitarian Crisis in Kurram Agency: Need for Effective Remedial Measures’ organised jointly by Actionaid and the Centre for Research and Social Development (CRSD).

Munir said the Shia and Sunni sects were living peacefully in the agency but after religious fanatics took hold of power, the sectarian issue started in the agency. He said that today the clerics were enjoying all powers in the agency and Maliks, elders and political administration had become powerless and helpless against them.

The speaker said the conflict in the restive Kurram Agency was not sectarian rather it was tribal feud among various tribes on different issues but they were portrayed as a sectarian issue.

Another speaker held the banned religious outfits responsible for the conflict, saying unless the armed religious groups from both Sunni and Shia sects were eliminated, durable peace in Kurram Agency would remain a far cry. “The situation will not improve in the agency until the government takes strict action against banned religious organisations active in the agency,” he said.

Dr Riaz Hussain, the PPP president of the agency, said that time and again he informed the PPP-led federal government about the ongoing situation in the Kurram Agency and difficulties being faced to the people but to no avail. “The government as well as the spy agencies know what is going on in the Kurram Agency but they are silent over the sufferings of the people,” he said.

Dr Riaz said the government had to take action against foreign and local militants in the agency to restore its writ.

Attaullah Khan, another resident of Kurram Agency, alleged that religious organisations from the two sects were actively involved in fanning sectarian violence between the two sects. He demanded of the government to conduct an inquiry into the massacre in Kurram Agency through a judicial commission and the culprits should be awarded exemplary punishment.

Dr Said Alam Mahsud, leader of Amn Tehrik, held religious fanaticism responsible for the unrest in the area. He said it was started during the regime of General Ziaul Haq with the aim of defeating former Soviet Union. He strongly criticised foreign elements for meddling in the affairs of Kurram Agency, saying that Uzbeks, Arabs and Punjabis should keep themselves away from the issue.

The PMAP leader said it was the responsibility of the state to resolve the issue. He said the state had, however, failed to resolve the conflict in the last three years and now the tribesmen had themselves taken the initiative to solve the problem as per Pakhtunwali.

Senior journalist Shamim Shahid accused some foreign countries of harbouring and providing huge funds to their respective ideological militant groups for their own vested interests. He said the clergy exploited the Pakhtuns in the name of religion and they should get rid of such forces to resolve their issues amicably.

 
 

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Daily Times

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Govt urged to resolve Kurram crisis

By Akhtar Amin

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar have expressed deep concern over humanitarian crisis in Kurram Agency and urged the need for taking effective measures to restore peace in the sectarian violence-hit tribal agency.

“There is no writ of the government in Kurram. The agency has been cut off from the rest of the country for the past three years because of the unrest ongoing there,” residents of the agency said at the one-day seminar entitled “Humanitarian Crises in Kurram Agency and Need for Effective Remedial Measures” organised by Action-aid and Centre for Research and Social Development (CRSD) at Peshawar Press Cub on Wednesday.

Speaking at the seminar, Hangu Peace Jirga member Shah Hussain advocate said that the main reason behind the sectarian violence and law and order situation in the agency was presence of banned outfits that were active in fanning sectarian violence in the agency. “Situation will not improve in the agency until the government takes strict action against banned religious organisations in the agency,” he went on to say. Some speakers from the agency said that there was no sectarian violence in the agency and local and foreign militants were involved in destroying exemplary peace in the agency.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader from Kurram, Dr Riaz Hussain, said that he had time and again informed the federal government about the ongoing situation in the agency and difficulties faced to the people but to no avail. He demanded of the government to take action against local and foreign militants in the agency to restore writ of the government. He said that the government had no writ in Lower Kurram and various parts of Upper Kurram Agency.

The seminar participants demanded of the government to take action against militants and those tribesmen sheltering foreign militants, open Parachinar Road that had been closed for the past three years and deploy security forces on it, compensate people of the agency who migrated from there and ensure their return to their houses; and supply food and medicines to the stranded tribesmen in the agency.
 

SOURCE: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C07%5C30%5Cstory_30-7-2009_pg7_20

 

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Govt urged to resolve Kurram crisis

By Akhtar Amin

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar have expressed deep concern over humanitarian crisis in Kurram Agency and urged the need for taking effective measures to restore peace in the sectarian violence-hit tribal agency.

“There is no writ of the government in Kurram. The agency has been cut off from the rest of the country for the past three years because of the unrest ongoing there,” residents of the agency said at the one-day seminar entitled “Humanitarian Crises in Kurram Agency and Need for Effective Remedial Measures” organised by Action-aid and Centre for Research and Social Development (CRSD) at Peshawar Press Cub on Wednesday.

Speaking at the seminar, Hangu Peace Jirga member Shah Hussain advocate said that the main reason behind the sectarian violence and law and order situation in the agency was presence of banned outfits that were active in fanning sectarian violence in the agency. “Situation will not improve in the agency until the government takes strict action against banned religious organisations in the agency,” he went on to say. Some speakers from the agency said that there was no sectarian violence in the agency and local and foreign militants were involved in destroying exemplary peace in the agency.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader from Kurram, Dr Riaz Hussain, said that he had time and again informed the federal government about the ongoing situation in the agency and difficulties faced to the people but to no avail. He demanded of the government to take action against local and foreign militants in the agency to restore writ of the government. He said that the government had no writ in Lower Kurram and various parts of Upper Kurram Agency.

The seminar participants demanded of the government to take action against militants and those tribesmen sheltering foreign militants, open Parachinar Road that had been closed for the past three years and deploy security forces on it, compensate people of the agency who migrated from there and ensure their return to their houses; and supply food and medicines to the stranded tribesmen in the agency.
 

SOURCE: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2009%5C07%5C30%5Cstory_30-7-2009_pg7_20

 

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Pakistan Observer

Wednes, July 29, 2009, Sha’aban 06, 1430

President hailed for Peshawar-Parachinar air service

Parachinar—The political figures of Parachinar,headquarters of Kurram Agency, have hailed President Asif Ali Zardari for issuing directives to launch air service for the people of Parachinar who are stranded in their native locality due to closure of roads because of sectarian violence.

Addressing a joint press conference here on Tuesday, Incharge Muttahida Qaumi Movement Parachinar, Rana Wiladat Ali, General Secretary of PPP Kurram Agency, Gulzar Hussain Tori and Azmat Alizai of Kurram Young Welfare Trust demanded early implementation of President’s directives so that air service between Peshawar and Parachinar be started.

They said that people of Parachinar and other areas of Kurram Agency are stuck in their area for the last two and a half years and were facing serious crisis due to closure of roads.

They said President Asif Ali Zardari has won the hearts of people of Kurram Agency by issuing directives for resolution of their problem.

They reiterated that due to militancy, communication links of Kurram Agency with other parts of the country are blocked and creating a lot of problem for the people.—APP 

http://pakobserver.net/200907/29/news/National02.asp
 

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Wednes, July 29, 2009, Sha’aban 06, 1430

President hailed for Peshawar-Parachinar air service

Parachinar—The political figures of Parachinar,headquarters of Kurram Agency, have hailed President Asif Ali Zardari for issuing directives to launch air service for the people of Parachinar who are stranded in their native locality due to closure of roads because of sectarian violence.

Addressing a joint press conference here on Tuesday, Incharge Muttahida Qaumi Movement Parachinar, Rana Wiladat Ali, General Secretary of PPP Kurram Agency, Gulzar Hussain Tori and Azmat Alizai of Kurram Young Welfare Trust demanded early implementation of President’s directives so that air service between Peshawar and Parachinar be started.

They said that people of Parachinar and other areas of Kurram Agency are stuck in their area for the last two and a half years and were facing serious crisis due to closure of roads.

They said President Asif Ali Zardari has won the hearts of people of Kurram Agency by issuing directives for resolution of their problem.

They reiterated that due to militancy, communication links of Kurram Agency with other parts of the country are blocked and creating a lot of problem for the people.—APP 

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Ulema want action against militants in DI Khan, Quetta
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
ISLAMABAD: Ulema from different schools of thoughts called for military operation against militants in DI Khan, Parachinar and Quetta to eliminate terrorism from the country.

They were addressing a conference here on Monday organised by the Markazi Imam Hussain Council in connection with the birth anniversary of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS). Pir Mohammad Naqeebur Rehman, Sajda Nasheen Eidgah Sharif, in his telephonic address from London, said Islam exists today because of the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), adding “we should unify the Muslim Ummah by adopting the teachings of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS)”. A unanimous resolution was adopted in which they appreciated the military operation in Swat and Malakand and demanded the same to be extended in DI Khan, Parachinar and Quetta.

source; http://www..thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=190304
 

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