Organized march in Kurram against ‘armed groups’ – Newspaper

KURRAM: Residents of the central subdivision of the Kurram tribal district staged a peace march from Parachamkani area to Parachinar, the district headquarters, on Friday against the resurgence and activities of “armed groups” in their area.

Marchers carrying white placards and banners demanded the government take note of the gunmen’s activities in central Kurram. A banner read: “We want peace in our region”.

The peace march was organized after clashes between a paramilitary force and gunmen in central Kurram on Thursday, in which four people were injured.

Haji Abdul Ghaffar Khan and other local elders led the walkers. They also organized a demonstration in front of the local press club.

Addressing protesters, Haji Ghaffar said he was concerned about the presence of “unknown” gunmen in the area, sparking fear among locals.

“The activities of these armed people will create unrest in the region, and the government should take prompt action against them,” he demanded.

Elders of the Turi-Bangash tribe also addressed the protesters and expressed their solidarity with the residents of central Kurram.

Elder Inayat Turi said the people of Kurram support the measures for lasting peace in the valley and urged the government to take tough action against the disbelievers.

Resentment and anger are on the rise among residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially the merged districts, against the activities of armed groups. Political parties and civil society groups held rallies in Dir, Swat, Khyber, Waziristan and other areas to demand action against armed elements.

Posted in Dawn, September 10, 2022

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