Parachinar hearts comforted by COAS
Protesting residents of Parachinar on Friday, 30th June 2017, called off their sit-in when Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had assured them of requisite measures by the army to ensure protection of their life and property.
General Bajwa while interacting with tribal elders and representatives of the protesters in Parachinar said that “Our enemies will never succeed to lower our resolve and divide us” Parachinar is the the main town of Kurram Agency. Tribal elders on the occasion, also presented a list of demands to the army chief.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement said that the army chief expressed his grief on loss of precious lives, and offered fateha for the departed souls.
Over 72 people were killed and many others had been seriously injured last Friday, 23rd June 2017, in two back-to-back suicide bombings in the main Parachinar bazaar which had led to a protest by the local residents who were seeking comprehensive security measures to prevent more terrorist attacks in the area.
The situation worsened as the Frontier Constabulary personnel fired at the people when the protesting crowd ignored their calls to disperse to avert any further attack by terrorists. As a result, four civilians had died and some others were injured.
The COAS lamented the firing by FC troops while handling the post-blast mob situation, adding that an inquiry had been initiated and that “those responsible shall not be spared.”
Tribal elders were told that after the firing incident commandant of the paramilitary force in Parachinar had already been changed.
However the COAS appreciated the FC Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s role in provision of security to the area, he said “a professional force inclusive of all tribes and sects performing their duties selflessly.”
The COAS while interacting with the participants of the protest sit-in, said that there were clear evidences of hostile foreign hands in running a malicious campaign in order to create disunity among the nation. He added that their local facilitators and abettors have been apprehended who will be tried in military courts.
He added that “We need to remain united, steadfast, prepared and vigilant against this threat [from the foreign elements] which has an agenda of exploiting the sectarian fault-line… Our security forces are symbol of national integration, so is our security apparatus; we are one nation.”
The tribal elders while speaking on the occasion, said that they had full confidence and trust in Army and its leadership. They said “we stand with our security forces and our blood is for our motherland.”
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