Monday, July 13, 2009

Kurram PPP backs military operation

 Kurram PPP backs military operation
Monday, July 06, 2009
By Bureau report
PESHAWAR: The Pakistan People's Party (PPP), Kurram Agency chapter, has called for military operation in the agency to flush out militants and outsiders from the area.

Kurram chapter PPP President Dr Syed Riaz Hussein demanded of the government to extend military operation to Kurram Lower in a bid to flush out the militants, getting stronger with each passing day.

Talking to newsmen here, the PPP leader said it was the need of the hour to launch a military offensive against the militants, based in Kurram Lower, for ensuring peace in the agency. He termed the use of force against the armed militants as the only solution to uproot the menace that has hit the entire country.

"Dozens have been killed from each side while over 100 were seriously injured in the last 10-day clashes. The unfortunate thing is that each group wants to subdue the rival with the support of the anti-state elements," said Riaz, who escaped a bomb attack and a suicide blast, which killed 61 people during an election rally, last year.

Dr Riaz accused the foreign elements of fueling the sectarian violence in the Kurran Agency, leading to loss of life and property. He ruled out any dispute between the Sunni and Shia communities, saying that impression about the divide was a conspiracy hatched by the anti-state elements.

"There is no writ of the government's in the entire agency, particularly in Kurram Lower. If the government wants to launch military operation in the agency, the people of Kuram Upper would fully support it", he remarked.

The PPP leader said that due to the blockade of the main road linking Kohat and Parachinar, the masses were facing shortage of food and medicines. Keeping in view the insecurity and obstruction on Kohat-Parachinar Road, he said, the masses were forced to come to Peshawar via Afghanistan traveling for 28 hours.




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