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Pakistan: Protesters demonstrate against Taliban’s presence in KP region

Adoba Echono, Abuja

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The people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province of Pakistan have been holding protests, demanding peace and protection due to the worsening law and order situation in the province as a result of the Taliban’s presence.

The country’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif who expressed his apprehensions at the success of talks with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the National Assembly session added that the demonstrations have created political instability in the province.

The minister disclosed that the anti-Taliban feelings have been growing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) against the Taliban presence in their area.

Also, a Member of the National Assembly from Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), Mohsin Dawar drew the attention of the house to the rise in terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) stating that it happened after the arrival of the Taliban from Afghanistan.

“A committee comprising political elders had been constituted to visit the Pakistan-Afghanistan entry point at Ghulam Khan area in North Waziristan to persuade the protesters to open the trade route which they had closed in protest against killings of tribals,” Dawar added.

Speaking on the deteriorating situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dawar said the people of North Waziristan had been protesting for over three weeks, demanding peace and protection.

The lawmaker claimed terrorism had spread across KP and warned it would soon grip the whole country if not taken into strict consideration.

Dawar said the Taliban were telling the local people that their leadership had directed them to return to the area in the wake of the ongoing talks between Pakistani authorities and the TTP.

Meanwhile,  a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, PTI,  party, Noor Alam Khan has also condemned the PTI leadership over the campaign and praised the army for its services to the country in the wake of the war against terrorism.

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Without naming PTI’s Shahbaz Gill, Khan said those who did not like Pakistan and its army, should leave the country, reported Dawn.

Meanwhile, PTI Member of National Assembly from Jacobabad, Mohammadmian Soomr who had served as the privatization minister during the previous PTI government got de-seated in the National Assembly session.

He had not submitted his resignation with his other party colleagues, including Imran Khan at the time of the election of Shehbaz Sharif as the Prime Minister.

The National Assembly also passed four bills which are the National Meteorology Institute of Pakistan Bill 2022, the Public Private Partnership Authority (Amendment) Bill 2022, the Iqbal Academy Pakistan Bill 2022, and the Pakistan Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2022, adjourning the session till Saturday.

 

Zainab Sa’id

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