By Our Special Correspondent
MIRANSHAH: Three people lost their lives and five soldiers were injured in a clash between security forces and protestors on Sunday in North Waziristan’s Miranshah district, confirmed ISPR.
The Pakistan army’s media wing said that a group led by MNA Mohsin Javed and MNA Ali Wazir assaulted Kharqamar check post at the North Waziristan tribal district. The ISPR said that due to the firing of the group as many as five soldiers also got injured. “They wanted to exert pressure for the release of suspected terrorists’ facilitator arrested the other day. Troops at the check post exercised maximum restraint in the face of provocation and direct firing on the post,” said the Pakistan Army’s media wing.
The ISPR said that the three individuals killed in the clash were involved in the attack on the post and MNA Ali Wazir along with eight others have been arrested while Mohsin Javed is at large.
Advisor to Prime Minister on Information Firdaus Ashiq Awan called the attack on check posts as ‘regrettable’, and said that the action was an attempt to release terrorists. “Some of the people have become agents of the foreign forces. They are misguiding people by doing propaganda against the state. The people of Pakistan will always stand shoulder-to shoulder with Pak Army.” he said.
Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari when asked about his comments on the issue, said that there should not be violence against peaceful protestors. “We have the right to disagree with them but we have seen what happened to Balochistan during the Musharraf’s time. Progressive politics is coming up in FATA it will be dangerous if we start calling traitor to our children,” he said.
Awami National President Asfandyar Wali Khan in reaction to the development maintained that citizens have a right to protest hence the government should show seriousness in giving them basic rights. “Government should adopt the culture of tolerance. Political friction is not good for the country,” he said.