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Politicians vow to protect rights of Bajaur people

Updated August 13, 2013

KHAR, Aug 12: All Bajaur Political Parties Alliance on Monday showed concern over what they called bad behaviour of the government officials with the tribesmen and resolved that efforts would be made to secure basic rights for people of the region.

The decision was made at a meeting of the alliance here on Monday at the residence of former MNA Akhund Zada Chattan.

The alliance president, former senator Maulana Abdur Rasheed, chaired the meeting, which was addressed by member central executive committee of Pakistan People’s Party Mr Aurangzeb, Mr Chattan, Awami National Party’s Attaullah Khan, Rahat Yousaf of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Jamaat-i-Islami’s Fata chief Sahibzada Haroon Rasheed.

They said that complaints about misconduct of officials of the administration with poor tribesmen were increasing day by day since the establishment of government’s writ in Bajaur Agency. They said that people had been suffering at the hands of officials without committing any crime.

“We do not know the reason for the misbehaviour of the officials with our own citizens, but this is certainly going to create mistrust between the administration and people,” said Haroon Rasheed.

He claimed that the officials had been arresting a large number of tribesmen daily under the collective responsibility law, only to release them after receiving money from them in the name of fine. — Correspondent