PTI questions utility of Bara operation
[Dawn] The Fata chapter of Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is
Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) has expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
over longevity of military operation in Bara and asked army to make public the goals it has achieved in the tribal region.
Addressing a presser here on Tuesday, PTI Fata leader Javed Afridi said that Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
... four star general, current Chief of Army Staff of the Mighty Pak Army. Kayani is the former Director General of ISI...
should at least disclose to the nation the achievements or failures of the operation.
Flanked by Ali Rahman Afridi, Jamal Khan Afridi, Haji Khan Afridi, Muzammil Afridi and Arif Afridi, he said that situation in Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
was more serious as compared to that of Khyber Agency but operation in the district was completed within three months. But in Khyber Agency the operation took more than three years and it was yet to be completed, he added.
Mr Afridi said that tribal people did not know as to what mistake they had committed for which they were forced to leave their houses and villages.
The tribal people, he said, had always rendered sacrifices for protection of the country's borders and it was duty of government to do justice with them.
"According to Article-1 of the Constitution of Pakistain, tribal people have equal rights like those living in the settled parts of the country.
But, situation in Fata is different as lives, honour and properties of tribal people are not secure," he said.
Mr Afridi claimed that no high value target was hit in the operation and only innocent people were affected. "Yesterday, a small girl fell prey to a bullet in her mother lap," he said.
The PTI leader said that tribal people were being made scapegoats in the war of others. He said that thousands of poor people were compelled to live as internally displaced persons in camps where they were insulted and even killed when they tried to get food for their children.
"The rulers have no sympathies with the poor people, who are leading a miserable life in the camps without getting sufficient food, water and shelter," Mr Afridi said. He added that people were passing through the worst phase of history.He said that a think-tank should be formed under the supervision of chief of army staff to work in consultation with tribal people for restoration of peace in Fata.
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