Friday, June 10, 2011

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Yousaf Turi and Shabbir Bangash said the residents were leading a miserable life due to the closure of the Thall-Parachinar Road.

They added the security forces had also stopped escorting the passengers and food convoys between Peshawar and Parachinar. They said the residents having jobs or other engagements in rest of the country had been stranded due to the insecure conditions on the main road.

They also criticised the government for not recovering the 32 kidnapped passengers who were in the captivity of the militants two months after the incident. 

The Turi and Bangash elders said the government and the human rights organisations were making efforts to recover the Pakistanis who were made hostage by the Somali pirates but no efforts were being made to rescue the residents of Kurram Agency.

They lamented that the only available route through Afghanistan was also closed by the security forces. “We are living like prisoners and no steps are being taken to facilitate us,” Yousaf Turi said, adding that even life-saving drugs were not available in the local markets.

They asked the federal government and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to take decisive steps for the reopening of the roads in Kurram Agency forthwith and end the people’s miseries.