Peshawar, January 17: A sit-in was staged here on Wednesday in front of KPK Governor House by the relatives of deceased killed on Tuesday in Alam Godhar area of Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. The protestors demonstrated by placing fourteen dead bodies in front of the Governor House, FRC learnt.
The protest demonstration was led by ex-parliamentarian Haji Mohammad Shah, Nasir Khan, Shah Faisal Afridi, and Sohbat Khan.
The protestors were infuriated over the killings of their beloved ones on Tuesday where in eighteen people were killed. According to protestors it was allegedly done by the security forces stationed in the area. They alleged the security forces conducted a door to door operation on Tuesday and consequently killed eighteen people, including women and children.
Among the killed, seven people belonged to one family while three to another.
The staged-in was joined by a large number of tribesmen including tribal elders, political leaders, students, traders and people from Khyber Agency and the IDP’s of Jalozai Camp, who chanted slogans against the government and the ongoing military operation in tehsil Bara.
In the meanwhile a delegation of 16-member committee headed by Senator Nasir Khan and Maqbali Afridi held talks with Governor Barrister Masood Kausar till late at night and presented four points charter of demand.
The demands were to stop Bara Operation, arrest the accused military men, to form an inquiry commission to investigate killing of innocent people in the military operations during the last four years and financial compensation for the people killed in operations.
At mid night Peshawar police fired shells on the mourners and baton charged to disperse them. Taking advantage of the situation they took all the dead bodies and handed over to political administration of Khyber Agency, FRC reporter told.
However after strong protests the dead bodies were returned to their relatives.
Enraged protestors also roughed up the MNA and former federal minister Hameedullah Jan Afridi when he came to the venue of sit-in and tried to speak to the protesters. Shoes and water bottles were hurled at him. One of Afridi’s security guards resorted to aerial firing to make him flee away from the scene.