MIRANSHAH: A clash between workers of the Pashtoon Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) and security personnel took place here today.
According to details, gunmen attempted to get those terrorists/facilitators released who were arrested earlier. As a result of the firing five security personnel got severely injured while three attackers were shot dead.
Sources privy to NPTV have reported that Mohsin Dawar, Wazir Ali along with other armed workers attempted to attack an Army check-post. Pakistan security forces have arrested eight miscreants including Wazir Ali.
DG ISPR stated: “A group led by Mohsin Javed [Dawar] and Ali Wazir, assaulted Kharqamar check post, Boyya, North Waziristan tribal district this morning. They wanted to exert pressure for the release of suspected terrorists’ facilitator arrested the other day. Troops at the check post exercised maximum restraint in the face of provocation and direct firing on the post. Due to the firing of the group, 5 Army soldiers got injured. In exchange of fire 3 individuals who attacked the post lost their lives and 10 got injured. All injured evacuated to Army Hospital for treatment. Ali Wazir along with 8 individuals have been arrested while Mohsin Javed is at large after inciting the crowd.”
According to reports, a clash erupted at the venue where area residents had been staging a sit-in for many days protesting against the assault of a local woman. Reportedly, the crowd raised slogans when Mohsin Dawar and Wazir Ali reached the venue of the sit-in and as a result of firing by unknown gunmen, twenty people got injured including Dawar who received a minor hand injury.
Readers may recall that last week while talking to Media DG ISPR has stated that Afghan NDS and Indian RAW were financing PTM. He had warned the time of those who were playing in others’ hands was up.
ISPR DG took to the twitter to warn: “NWTD incident. Innocent PTM supporters/workers need care. Only a few are inciting and using them against state institutions for vested agenda. No one will be allowed to undo the gains of decades-long national struggle and sacrifices, especially of brave Pakistani tribals.”
PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held: “How can Mohsin Dawar attack a check post? I don’t think an elected representative can conduct such an attack. And, if violence has taken place, we surely condemn it. But, violence should also not take place against peaceful citizens and political workers, whose right it is to hold a peaceful protest. I will find out the facts. I have been saying since day one that you may disagree with them [PTM], you can disagree with their point of view 100 percent, you can argue with them. But, if you will not engage with the young politicians who come from a place such as Fata, if you will not attempt to reduce their grievances or justify their misperceptions, then we have all seen what used to happen during the Musharraf era in Balochistan. We have all seen what happened with Bangladesh, with East Pakistan, following Ayub Khan’s dictatorship. And now, if we will label our own citizens, our own children, our own politicians traitors when they talk about rights, democracy, civil rule of law, then we will set ourselves on a very dangerous path.”
Mohsin Dawar (L) and Ali Wazir
An FIR was also registered in North Waziristan on 6th of May against MNA Ali Wazir and eleven other members of PTM for enticing people to revolt against the state and for protesting and chanting slogans against state and security forces.
Meanwhile, Afghan Social Media is trying to capitalize on the incident by using pictures of some other incidents.
According to VOA DEEWA curfew has been imposed in N. Waziristan after an incident of firing involving supporters of PTM and Pakistan Military. Talking to VOA DEWA Mohsin Dawar claimed that they did not commence the skirmish.
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