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Wana market dynamited as punishment for major’s killing

Updated Nov 05, 2016 04:26pm


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DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Local authorities on Friday dynamited a market in Rustam Bazaar of South Waziristan’s headquarters Wana under local laws as a punishment for an explosion which killed an army officer and injured many others earlier this week, officials and local residents confirmed.

Political Agent in South Waziristan Agency Zafarul Islam Khattak told Dawn that the action was taken under the collective and territorial res­ponsi­bility clauses of the Fron­tier Crime Regulation (FCR).

The British colonialists had devised FCR as an instrument of subjugating and discipline the Pakhtoon population to establish the writ of the colonial authority in these areas.

While drafting the regulation, the British had relied upon some customs and traditions prevailing in the tribal belt, but these traditions were distorted to suit the governments plan of securing convictions at will.

Officials identified the bazaar as Al-Muhib Market, where an army officer, Maj Imran, was killed and 10 others injured in an explosion during a search operation.

Following the incident, the local authorities imposed a curfew on the Wana Bazaar, forcing more than 6,000 shops to close down.

The market owner, Ali Wazir, said that they had suffered huge losses due to the demolition of the two-storey market. He argued that while explosions took place all over the country, nowhere were markets dynamited as a punishment.

Local sources said the Wana Bazaar was currently under the control of security forces and efforts by local elders to resolve the issue through Jirga had failed to produce any result.

Published in Dawn, November 5th, 2016


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Karim Nov 05, 2016 10:38am

You must be joking ...

Kalim Nov 05, 2016 10:46am

FCR needs to go! you cannot treat people like this! FATA people are as Pakistanis as the rest of Pakistan.

Weinberg Nov 05, 2016 10:53am

This sounds like the Israeli policy of retaliation by destroying homes etc


Muhammad Abdul Moiz Nov 05, 2016 10:57am

What? How is it even justified? Pakistani Soldier lost his life due to explosion and then Pakistani people lost their assets due to exploding market as a justice?

In both scenario, Pakistan and Pakistanis are suffering.

Karachi wala Nov 05, 2016 11:02am

Such a ruthless act

extra097 Nov 05, 2016 11:05am

No where in other places IEDs are used too

anony Nov 05, 2016 11:11am

This is sad.

sIbghat ullah khan Nov 05, 2016 11:12am

Seriously..this will only exacerbate the situation

T.M.Wazir Nov 05, 2016 11:13am

This is cruelty and way too stupid to call it even punishment . Whoever ordered this punishment must be brain free. Find the culprits and hang em but don't ever create hate between local people and government. It's going to be hard to control the damage and win the hearts and souls of the local people.

Waseem Sarwar Nov 05, 2016 11:36am

This is insane and inhuman. .

citizen Nov 05, 2016 11:41am

Now on wards nobody will even imagine to tamper with military personnel. Hope this rule will not be extended to Karachi and Lahore!

Ban Ki Moon Nov 05, 2016 11:43am

Never heard such stupid thing like this.

Arman khan Nov 05, 2016 11:45am

if there is revolt there then blame these local authorities who had the audacity to commit such a horrendous act for vengeance against their office

GAK Wazir Nov 05, 2016 11:46am

No rule of law in the country. That is why such incidents occur. Militants must be traced to be taken to task. Innocent people should not be harmed. Hearts once broken can hardly be repaired. Rod is no solution to the current crisis.

The Truth Seeker Nov 05, 2016 11:46am

This is same Israeli policy of collective punishment.

Ahmed bin Babar Nov 05, 2016 12:00pm

This is an old punitive practice introduced during the British rule but now we are going to merge the tribal areas into settled areas so such extreme actions, under the black FCR, are not appreciated when 101 solutions are there to contain the repeat of bomb blast and the loss of valuable lives...

Masood Nov 05, 2016 12:03pm

Some one is crazy here !!!

Asim Nov 05, 2016 12:09pm

This is collective punishment. Its brutal and extremely injust in its entirety.

Pakistani Nov 05, 2016 12:11pm

Frontier Crimes Regulation is a british relic and should be thrown away.

pashtunyar Nov 05, 2016 12:31pm

Collective punishment isnt the best way to go about winning the the hearts and minds if the people! Its also morally dispicable!

khalil Nov 05, 2016 12:46pm

If there was terrorist activety going then the security are justified in demolishing the market. The owner of the market has a legal responsibility to ensure public fact he should be held responsible for the deaths of the officials and public. This cant be compared to other random explosions, this happened in a doublevstirey building. Surely someone new sbtvthe illegal activity.

SB Nov 05, 2016 12:54pm

Heard of community penalties in terms of fine...Never heard blasting of people living ..Inhumane act

yawar abdul rehman Nov 05, 2016 12:55pm

are we making allies there or supporting armed rebellion?

Blue Saffron Nov 05, 2016 01:02pm

Lawlessness should not be tolerated. If laws are broken, punishment must be an intended consequence per established norms. That is the way of civilized societies.

SOS Nov 05, 2016 01:09pm


Ahmad Nov 05, 2016 01:12pm

@Blue Saffron Which law are you talking about? No law in world say that punish innocent people for someone else's crime. tomorrow, if a blast happens to be near your house and your house is demolished for that then I guess your statement would be same? Think before you comment.

Mann Nov 05, 2016 01:14pm

Jungle law

Afzal Nadir Nov 05, 2016 01:16pm

Tragic act followed by an stupid act. Pakistanis are the loser on both sides. It does not make sense to demolish and punish building rather than punishing culprits and their supporters. Catch, try in courts and then hang them. Why the owner of the building should bear the cost of terrorism. This will not bring closer people and armed forces together, rather will create gap and hatred against each other.

Khurram Nov 05, 2016 01:22pm

Every one can make a law here and punish anyone.

Yousuf Nov 05, 2016 01:27pm

People shown how and why milllitants created. And also who is responsible.

AM Nov 05, 2016 01:41pm

This is madness.

Urooj Saifi Nov 05, 2016 01:43pm

Absolute nonsense. This law needs to ho as soon as possible. Shameful.

Bitt Nov 05, 2016 01:50pm

Thank you Raheel Shareef.

M.Saeed Nov 05, 2016 01:53pm

Local people very much support this quick and easy justice system in vogue since ages.

Paggrri Sambhal Nov 05, 2016 01:53pm

Just act.Where were the inhabitants of this market when torrorists were implanting the explosives? You can not implant the explosives in Liberty market or Tariq road unless the locals are hand in glove with you.

Kam Nov 05, 2016 02:08pm

Stupidity has no limits. If this rule was in US then they had to dynamited whole New York to take revenge with terrorists.

Imtiaz Piracha Nov 05, 2016 02:26pm

A response to those outraged by this form of collective punishment; it was introduced by the enlightened Western power of Great Britain.

That we have not been able to rationalize it is another issue; of our being incapable of thinking for ourselves in any sphere of life.

Atheroth Nov 05, 2016 02:35pm

eye opening.

سے Shaam (Hanafi) Nov 05, 2016 02:38pm

what a country!

mustanid Nov 05, 2016 02:43pm

This is a sad and shameful act, and it must not be repeated again. You can not hold people collectively responsible for act of single person or organisation. Similarly our police should not arrest family members, if they can not trace the culprit. This sort of barbaric act happens in Israel or it's occupied territory, and no where else in the world.

Ahmad Nov 05, 2016 02:49pm

@Paggrri Sambhal So as per your logic, if someone in your family commits a crime then your whole family should be punished even though they were not aware of that their family member was going to commit a crime.

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Nov 05, 2016 03:06pm

Peoples of the area should identify terrorists.

Noor Nov 05, 2016 03:06pm

What kind of punishment is.this.? This is draconian law

News Nov 05, 2016 03:39pm

And we expect the people of FATA to loves us in return.

News Nov 05, 2016 03:48pm

@DIL DIL PAKISTAN Yeah, Why dont you start doing this and sit outside your house in Lahore, help the local police and if dont, police will destroy your house or arrest all your family members, right!

Wesh dzwak Nov 05, 2016 03:52pm

A sad state of affairs. -_-

Areeb Nov 05, 2016 03:54pm

For the majority of those who are criticising this act are mostly unaware of the situation in wana. This IED that took place could not have been planted without the consent and knowledge of the locals in the area. The people living there know each and every activity going on around them, in this way they will be the first ones to stop these activities in the future. It has been a successful strategy in FATA. I am in no way supporting the FCR but for FATA there is no other solution until a proper new law is made.

Shahid Nov 05, 2016 04:05pm

collective punishment is inhuman, cruel and surely against international human right norms.

Worth_Commenting Nov 05, 2016 04:12pm

This policy is being carried forward since British Colonial times! I can understand the British resorting to such a policy as they had nothing but contempt for the local people who they thought of as 'sub-human', but what is the justification for the Pakistani state to implement the same colonial policy? Are we, the Pakistani state, a colonial power? Repeal this nonsense regulation, namely the "Frontier Crimes Regulation" or FCR immediately. The tribal people are our brothers and sisters.

Hasnain Nov 05, 2016 04:46pm

Wow.....applying 200 years old law. And here I thought we were making progress.

A Khan Nov 05, 2016 04:48pm

This collective punishment is absolutely against the International Humanitarian Law as this collective punishment is, in one way, acceptable which affected innocent people. This draconian law was suitable for the colonists at that time but now in the 21 century.

ga Nov 05, 2016 04:52pm

collective punishment??? are they joking??

Moaz Nov 05, 2016 05:00pm

@Khalil...last time i checked, providing safety and security to the masses falls under the domain of the governement, not the general public.. No person in their right mind can go on justifying this horrendous act

Sindhi_in_Sindh Nov 05, 2016 05:15pm

Logic out the window.

Salamy Nov 05, 2016 05:21pm

applying this draconian law push FATA 200 years back

Younus Nov 05, 2016 05:37pm

What's nonsense laws

obivankanobi Nov 05, 2016 05:37pm

Fully agree with Ali Wazir.

Younus Nov 05, 2016 05:38pm

Actions must be taken against purpaitrators, who carried out blast. Stop punishing FATA.

Iftikhar Husain Nov 05, 2016 05:43pm

The trouble is not yet over the militants are still active.

Younus Nov 05, 2016 05:50pm

Don't alienate FATA.

Adnan Nov 05, 2016 05:56pm

The shop was dynamited coz they were involved in refugee of terrorist.its a local law that anyone giving refuge to terrorist will be dealt accordingly.

Touseef Nov 05, 2016 06:13pm

This is the most absurd punishment,

Saad Malik Nov 05, 2016 06:45pm

Horrible crime

Mohsin Nov 05, 2016 06:53pm

This is stupid. Wake up please

Farhan Nov 05, 2016 06:58pm

This is historic! we are innovative in destroying ourselves.

Kamran Nov 05, 2016 07:15pm

@khalil you must be joking.

Mian Nov 05, 2016 07:29pm

Stick to the tribal customs and this is what is going to happen.

adnan Nov 05, 2016 07:31pm

Mostly commentators don't understand the dynamics over there. Planting an IED, killing Army personals or any such incident is always augmented by locals . They either provide shelter, material or intelligence about LEAs move. Deterrence, the ONLY solution. Such steps may sound barbaric but curbs the sympathizers from indulging in any such heinous activity.

Gul marjan Wazir Nov 05, 2016 07:44pm

@adnan Do you know how many family members Ali Wazir lost in the hands of terrorists? Only seven; father, two brothers, two uncles and two first cousins. His family sin was that they were supporting government action against militants. Giving lecturers from a safe place is too easy and a source of enjoyment.

Furrukh Rao Nov 05, 2016 07:57pm

How hard you try they cant be civilized but the only option is to let these people migrate and settle them in Urban Settlements than they will learn after 100 years the rule of Law and Lifestyle.

IRS Nov 05, 2016 08:02pm

What ignorance! Historically speaking the British are the worst enemies of humanity. Are we to follow in their footsteps when dealing with our own people? What a shame!

There are much better examples to follow and one does nt have to go too far to find them.

zak Nov 05, 2016 08:03pm

The locals must stop RAW agents from carrying out such heinous acts of terrorism.

Umreekan_Sundi Nov 05, 2016 08:07pm

And we are back to 1916....

Sajjad Chitrali Nov 05, 2016 08:17pm

Hard to believe. If its true its law of jungle.

Sami Khan Nov 05, 2016 08:19pm

British are long gone, but, our mindset is still that of the colonial rule.

Ali khaN Nov 05, 2016 08:20pm

Many friends from FATA ,like many aspects of FCR,aspects which suite them.These people have never paid an electricity bill in their lives,are/were tacit supporters of TTP. They cant have it both ways.

Khan Nov 05, 2016 08:21pm

on ground the facts needs to be cross checked independently

Alba Nov 05, 2016 08:46pm

Destroying the peoples' bazaar is hardly the answer.

Optimist Nov 06, 2016 12:22pm

All the people here calling it a brutal act must realise that FCR is a result of the local tribes unwillingness to accept any authority over them.In such a case the state then wants them to also share responsibilty for any act against the representatives of the state.The solution to this must be that the state extends its jurisdiction into FATA which will mean the observance of pakistani laws

Optimist Nov 06, 2016 12:22pm

All the people here calling it a brutal act must realise that FCR is a result of the local tribes unwillingness to accept any authority over them.In such a case the state then wants them to also share responsibilty for any act against the representatives of the state.The solution to this must be that the state extends its jurisdiction into FATA which will mean the observance of pakistani laws

Mosadique Nov 07, 2016 05:55pm

That is how you are winning the hearts of tribal people.Bravo

Ali Nov 07, 2016 07:23pm

Might is right!!! ........................the jungle law continues in the jungle???? Where is rule of law and accountability can someone tell???

Asim Nov 07, 2016 09:04pm

Collective punishment is immoral and should be illegal. Pakistanis cannot criticize Israelis for treatment of Palestinians if this I how we treat our own citizens.