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PARACHINAR: Demanding the safe release of the abducted passengers, hundreds of angry tribesmen Tuesday staged a protest demonstration against the militants and the government and held both responsible for the ongoing death and destruction in Kurram Agency.

Led by the Turi tribe residing in upper tehsil of Parachinar, the protesters vowed to take extreme steps if the government and the security forces delayed action against the militants in lower part of Kurram Agency.

The protest was triggered by the Saturday last incident in which Parachinar-bound vehicles were attacked by the militants. At least 15 travellers were killed and over 40 others kidnapped by the attackers.

The protesters were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans against the government and the militants, accusing them of killing innocent human beings.

Addressing the protesters, tribal elders and ulema including Allama Syed Abid Hussain, Atta Muhammad Ibrahim, Mussarat Bangash and Malik Iqbal said the government along with the security forces was useless and unnecessary burden if the citizens were left exposed to the wolves.

They added both the sects living in Kurram Agency inked the Murree peace deal followed by agreement in Islamabad in good faith but the government had failed to implement the deal in its letter and spirit. They said it was the government that announced the reopening of the roads leading to Parachinar. They said in the last one month dozens of residents were killed by militants and many others were abducted but authorities failed to provide security to the people.

The tribal elders asked the government to take decisive steps against the militants in the area and recover the kidnapped passengers forthwith. They asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to come forward and tackle the issue of militancy in Kurram Agency and compensate the bereaved families who lost near and dear ones to the militants.

 

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