Pashtun protest against Paki regimes continues in Waziristan

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Waziristan rally (Photo: News Intervention)

The sit-in of local people continued for the fourth day in Wana against the deteriorating law and order situation in south Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in which a large number of people participated despite the cold weather. Local leaders of all the political parties of Wana formed a coalition named Olsi Pasun, which means public awareness, and have been protesting for the past four days.Among the demands of the protestors, the establishment of law and order and the determination of the powers of the police top the list.

The participants of the sit-in are also demanding the release of a recently arrested local tribal leader, Jamshed Wazir, along with member of the National Assembly Ali Wazir. Negotiations between the protest leaders and the authorities on Sunday ended without any results. The District Deputy Commissioner of  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has been in touch with the protesters from time to time, but without the involvement and assurance of the military establishment, the protesters are not ready to end the sit-in and demand that the arrested tribal leaders should be released.

Senior local journalist Dilawar Wazir said that the Aman Paswan sit-in is a demand from the state to take indiscriminate action against all types of terrorists and to eliminate vehicles with black glasses, robberies and drug dealers in the area. The leaders of the sit-in are also demanding that armed organizations should be banned and police checkpoints should be established in all the markets of lower Waziristan on an emergency basis and police stations should be restored, otherwise their sit-in will continue.

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