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Waziristan tribesmen continue sit-ins

Updated May 17, 2018

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WANA/MIRAMSHAH: Tribal people continued their sit-ins at Angoor Adda in South Waziristan Agency and Mirali town of North Waziristan Agency for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday, demanding to reopen a border crossing point and curb targeted killings.

Reports said that tribesmen organised a dharna at Angoor Adda, a border crossing point between Pakistan and Afghanistan, protesting closure of the point for over a week.

The tribesmen continued their protest despite local authorities declared a curfew in the border area.

The protesters demanded of the authorities to reopen the crossing point to facilitate movement of the tribes on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border.

Sources said that the entry point was closed for cross-border movement of civilians after a blast in Angoor Adda over a week ago. Security has been tightened in the area.

“At least 1,200 people are taking part in the protest,” according to a local.

On the other hand, hundreds of tribesmen, who have started a protest against surge in targeted killings and bomb blasts in North Waziristan Agency, continued their sit-in at Mirali Town for the fourth consecutive day.

Sources said the local authorities lifted curfew in the area on Wednesday, but residents continued their protest, occupying the main road in the town, demanding security and action against the target killers, who have so far gunned down 10 people in the agency.

Published in Dawn, May 17th, 2018