Thursday, July 30, 2009

Govt urged to resolve Kurram crisis

Daily Times

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Govt urged to resolve Kurram crisis

By Akhtar Amin

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar have expressed deep concern over humanitarian crisis in Kurram Agency and urged the need for taking effective measures to restore peace in the sectarian violence-hit tribal agency.

"There is no writ of the government in Kurram. The agency has been cut off from the rest of the country for the past three years because of the unrest ongoing there," residents of the agency said at the one-day seminar entitled "Humanitarian Crises in Kurram Agency and Need for Effective Remedial Measures" organised by Action-aid and Centre for Research and Social Development (CRSD) at Peshawar Press Cub on Wednesday.

Speaking at the seminar, Hangu Peace Jirga member Shah Hussain advocate said that the main reason behind the sectarian violence and law and order situation in the agency was presence of banned outfits that were active in fanning sectarian violence in the agency. "Situation will not improve in the agency until the government takes strict action against banned religious organisations in the agency," he went on to say. Some speakers from the agency said that there was no sectarian violence in the agency and local and foreign militants were involved in destroying exemplary peace in the agency.

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) leader from Kurram, Dr Riaz Hussain, said that he had time and again informed the federal government about the ongoing situation in the agency and difficulties faced to the people but to no avail. He demanded of the government to take action against local and foreign militants in the agency to restore writ of the government. He said that the government had no writ in Lower Kurram and various parts of Upper Kurram Agency.

The seminar participants demanded of the government to take action against militants and those tribesmen sheltering foreign militants, open Parachinar Road that had been closed for the past three years and deploy security forces on it, compensate people of the agency who migrated from there and ensure their return to their houses; and supply food and medicines to the stranded tribesmen in the agency.





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