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IDPs vow to continue sit-in until halt of operation in SWA

The sit-in of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from South Waziristan Agency (SWA) on Thursday entered third day. The IDPs demanded immediate halt to US drone strikes in the tribal areas and prolonged military operation in SWA which was launched in 2009 against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The protesting Mehsud IDPs have set up a camp outside the National Press Club (NPC) and vowed to continue their protest until the halt of military operation, which has resulted in the mass displacement of people. “The government should take the matter seriously because coming generation of the Mehsud tribe are facing immense problems and are being deprived of basic facilities as a result of military operation,” protesting IDPs said. They said further future of their young generation was at the stake and the government was not taking interest in provision of education. To express solidarity with the protesting IDPs, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi and lawmakers from FATA, including Hameedullah Jan Afridi, Muhammad Saleh Shah and Habib Malik Orakzai visited the camp on Wednesday. Advocate Sherpao Khan Mehsud said the sit-in would continue until the fulfilment of their demands. He said that drone attacks were not only killing innocent people, but were also violating sovereignty of Pakistan. Mehsud Youth President Jamal Shah stressed that the military operation should be stopped immediately in which houses, markets, schools and colleges had been destroyed. He also said the military operation “Rah-e-Nijaat” was started in 2009 in Waziristan. Hundreds of people, mostly children and women are living in slums and are facing various difficulties, he added.

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