Tribesmen from Khyber tribal region were staging a sit-in protest on Wednesday in front of the Governor House in Peshawar, carrying the coffins of 15 relatives found dead in the tribal region’s Bara tehsil the previous night. - Photos by AFP

Villagers from the Bara gather around the dead bodies of their relatives during a protest in provincial capital Peshawar on January 16, 2013.  – Photo by AFP
Villagers from the Bara gather around the dead bodies of their relatives during a protest in provincial capital Peshawar on January 16, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Pakistani villagers from the northwest mourn as they gather around the dead bodies of their relatives during a protest in provincial capital Peshawar on January 16, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Pakistani villagers from the northwest mourn as they gather around the dead bodies of their relatives during a protest in provincial capital Peshawar on January 16, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Villagers from Bara carry the body of their relative during a protest in provincial capital Peshawar on January 16, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Villagers from Bara carry the body of their relative during a protest in provincial capital Peshawar on January 16, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Villagers from northwest Pakistan carry placards during a protest in Peshawar on January 16, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Villagers from northwest Pakistan carry placards during a protest in Peshawar on January 16, 2013. – Photo by AFP
A villager from the northwest mourns the death of a relative during a protest in the provincial capital Peshawar on January 16, 2013. – Photo by AFP
A villager from the northwest mourns the death of a relative during a protest in the provincial capital Peshawar on January 16, 2013. – Photo by AFP
 Army soldiers stand guard during a protest by villagers from the northwest in the provincial capital Peshawar on January 16, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Army soldiers stand guard during a protest by villagers from the northwest in the provincial capital Peshawar on January 16, 2013. – Photo by AFP
Pakistani villagers from the Kyhber Agency gather around the dead bodies of their relatives during a protest in provincial capital Peshawar on January 16, 2013.   Demonstrators said gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed homes in Bara Tehsil in Khyber Agency, some 30 kilometers from Peshawar and shot 18 villagers dead in an overnight raid.   – Photo by AFP
Pakistani villagers from the Kyhber Agency gather around the dead bodies of their relatives during a protest in provincial capital Peshawar on January 16, 2013. Demonstrators said gunmen wearing military uniforms stormed homes in Bara Tehsil in Khyber Agency, some 30 kilometers from Peshawar and shot 18 villagers dead in an overnight raid. – Photo by AFP

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Munir Ahmad
Jan 18, 2013 05:41am
Governer is the one who issued batton charge and tear gas orders on protesters!
Munir Ahmad
Jan 18, 2013 05:44am
what war? Did you meant Pakistan army war on it's own people?
Tahir Alam
Jan 16, 2013 07:18pm
Pakistan must find a way to get out of this war.
dr vimal raina
Jan 17, 2013 12:30pm
oh the pain on the man's face........
dave
Jan 17, 2013 11:58am
Pakistan is reaping what she planted for others.
sulsher
Jan 17, 2013 04:39am
Sorry brothers but this is ironical to mention here that these people were stopped in the outskirts of peshawar and they were even not allowed to enter peshawar. What does this mean and even to disperse them the authorities resorted to aerial firing .
Sami
Jan 17, 2013 11:37am
Its a shame that this was not the highlight of our media and thus the bereaved families were even baton charged and busted with tear gas by the police in KPK. Shame on you Mr. Governer of KPK. These very incidences forced me to leave my home town for settlement abroad unwillingly....
Sania
Jan 17, 2013 11:15pm
No dave, Pakistan's poor are reaping what it's corrupt leaders planted for others.
mansoor
Jan 17, 2013 08:22am
High time to implement Governor rule in KPK just like Baluchistan.
Tahir Alam
Jan 18, 2013 10:58am
Agreed!
Aliya Aslam
Jan 17, 2013 08:24pm
Had the media given due coverage to this protest, the cruelty of the police towards the already aggrieved relatives could have been avoided. As a nation we have become heartless and numb towards the plight of the helpless commoners. A Thorough enquiry should be conducted and if the security forces were not envolved, then the true murderers should be caught. Also all legitimate grievances of the tribesmen should be addressed and the media should follow up on whether or not the promises of the government are kept. Media is one force that can keep the pressure on till justice is done.
Ejaz
Jan 17, 2013 08:04am
I am an Indian muslim, and it pains me to see such barbarism in a Islamic country. Power and politics apart, why don't the killers understand the basic teachings of Islam as peace and prosperity. May Allah bring in peace and give hidayat to all those going astray. Ameen.
Faizullah Khalil
Jan 16, 2013 07:55pm
The war on terror has become the war on people. The military command must take these innocent killings seriously. Their brutal actions is not protecting Pakistan but damaging it
Farukh Jan
Jan 16, 2013 07:44pm
At last the people have come up openly against the barbaric and inhuman operation the by the security forces who are only targeting local population while the so called terrorists are roaming everywhere. Not only ion Bara region but recently in FR Peshawar, where 21 levees were killed by so called Taliban, instead of going after killers who are present in the Hassan Khel tribal area of Peshawar and where local people can not open mouth because of fear, the security forces carried out an operation miles away from the trouble area and destroyed the houses and guests houses of the Sambe Khel who have long term feuds with another tribe, Bashi Khel. They have picked innocent people mostly young and underage boys. this kind of treatment has increase extreme hate against the army and that's the reason why terrorism is on increase. People are just at the brink of asking for UN security force to protect the local population from the Pakistani Army barbarism. Killing and throwing dead bodies both by security forces and the so called taliban is a daily routine in tribal areas and perhaps now its too much that is why the people are forced to openly protest against operation. The security forces are not only picking innocent people and killing them but also they are involved in looting houses. Media should ask for access and see with their own eyes how the whole population is subjected to the worst king of oppression and inhuman treatment. any operation and arrest should be recorded and the accused presented to the courts through proper procedure. enough is enough