PTI denied permission for S. Waziristan rally
[Dawn] The administration of South Wazoo Agency has refused to allow the Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaaf to hold a rally in Kotkai area of the conflict-hit region.
"Neither the condition in Waziristan is favourable nor the political administration has the capacity to provide security to about 100,000 participants of the rally in Kotkai," an official said on Monday.
He said the administration had intelligence reports that beturbanned goons might attack the rally and the authorities could not take a risk because local people were also opposing the planned demonstration in their area.
"The administration has received applications from local people against the plan to hold the rally in Kotkai," he said.
People displaced by violence in the area have recently been repatriated from camps.
The PTI is reported to have sought permission from the administration to allow its chief Imran Khan
Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
to hold the rally in Kotkai, near the Jandola Frontier Region.
Local PTI leader Dost Muhammad met Political Agent Shahidullah at his office in Tank on Monday and discussed the matter.
Initially, the party had proposed to hold the rally in Spinkai Raghzai near Kotkai.
"The administration informed the PTI leader that it was not possible to allow political parties to hold any public meeting or rally in any part of South Waziristan," the official said.
Imran Khan said at a presser in Islamabad that a 30-member delegation of foreigners had arrived in the country to take part in the 'peace rally' in South Waziristan.
He said the Mehsud, Burki and Bhittani
...a Pashtun tribe centered on Jandola, in Tank district. They are the hereditary enemies of the Mehsuds, unless there are furriners or infidels around, in which case they share ammunition and targeting data...
tribes had welcomed the plan and pledged to provide security.
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