WANA, June 18: Thousands of tribesmen on Saturday thronged at Azam Warsak, 30km from here, to observe the first death anniversary of Nek Mohammad, a tribal militant who was killed during the military operation against foreign militants in the tribal agency last year. The tribesmen, including religious leaders and tribal elders, gathered at the grave of Nek Mohammad in Kalosha early in the morning before they marched to Azam Warsak, chanting slogans against the US and its allies.

The protesters were led by Maulvi Sharif, commander Mohammad Javed, Haji Mohammad Umar and Maulana Abdul Aziz. Maulana Abdul Malik, MNA, was also present on this occasion.

The procession turned into a public meeting at the football ground in Azam Warsak where tribal commanders and ulema declared that jihad against America and its allies would continue.

Significantly, organizers of the rally wore masks on their faces.

A big stage was erected at the football ground where more than 100 ulema sat.

Black flags were hoisted along the road from Wana to Azam Warsak and at the venue as a mark of protest and to express solidarity with the tribal mujahideen.

Speaking at the meeting, Nek Mohammad’s successor Haji Mohammad Umar said the government was violating the peace agreement reached with tribal militants by refusing to release those detained on suspicion of links with Al Qaeda.

He said such tactics would harm the peace and demanded release of all tribesmen.

Other speakers urged the security forces to stop the operation.

Opinion

Elite politics

Elite politics

For most part, Pakistan’s fractious politics has seen fierce govt-opposition conflict and mutual efforts to upend each other.

Editorial

Extension legacy
Updated 05 Dec, 2022

Extension legacy

The practice of having individuals carry on well beyond their time is up.
Dodging accountability
05 Dec, 2022

Dodging accountability

A WARNING carried in these pages in August appears to have gone completely unheeded. Months ago, as the government...
Double standards
05 Dec, 2022

Double standards

IN a globalised world, if states fail to protect the human rights of their citizens, or worse, participate in ...
Retracted offer
04 Dec, 2022

Retracted offer

WITH so many U-turns under his belt, it was hardly surprising when on Saturday, PTI chairman Imran Khan decided to...
Embassy attack
Updated 04 Dec, 2022

Embassy attack

The Taliban should have enhanced the existing security arrangements.
Smog season
04 Dec, 2022

Smog season

FOR the past week, major cities of Pakistan have been among the top most polluted cities in the world. Lahore ranked...