Fata Protest
Holding portraits of Naqeeb, protesters said they came to seek justice.

Islamabad — Thousands of people from Fata and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are rallying in Islamabad, demanding the arrest of the suspended and now escaped SSP Malir Rao Anwar for killing Naqeebullah Mehsud in Karachi.

The rally named as “Pakhtun Qoumi Jirga” comes after supreme court has also ordered Rao Anwar arrested for the murder of the aspiring social media model Naqeeb in a fake police encounter on Jan 13, 2018.

Parliamentarians, politicians, civil society members, activists, youth and students are joining the rally, marched towards Islamabad from different areas of Fata and KP.

The protestors staged a sit-in in the front of Islamabad press club where a large number of media representatives and DSNG vans were present for reporting. However, Pakistani tv channels neglected to air the historic protest of Tribal people in the prime time news hour today.

The speakers were unanimous on the point that Rao Anwar should be apprehended forthwith and must be hanged so that no one ever dares to kill an innocent citizen in such a brutal manner.

MNA Maulana Jamaluddin of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Senior Vice President Ajmal Khan Wazir, Hameedullah Afridi, senior leader of Awami National Party (ANP) Bushra Gohar, Senator Maulana Saleh Shah, S. Waziristan’s young politician Ali Wazir and activist Manzoor Pashteen, along with others addressed on the occasion.

Pakistani tv channels neglected to air the historic protest of Tribal people in the prime time news hour today.

The march of more than five thousand tribal people reached Islamabad on foot from Dera Ismail Khan and other parts of Fata and KP on Thursday. The participants vowed that they would not budge an inch from their stated position until acceptance of their demands.

Prominent social and political leader Dr. Said Alam Mehsud said while addressing the sit-in, the murder of Naqeeb is murder of the Pashtun nation. Bushra Gohar said that thousands of other Pashtuns were also killed in such fake encounters.

The protesters presented a charter of the following five demands:

  1. Apprehend and hang Rao Anwar and his network.
  2. Form a judicial commission under the direct supervision of the chief justice, aimed at investigating the extra-judicial killings of Pashtuns in Karachi, FATA and other parts of the country.
  3. Recover missing persons, especially from FATA and punish those who are involved in their illegal detentions.
  4. The law enforcement agencies should not resort to indiscriminate and disproportionate measures, like using violence, abduction and imposing curfew in FATA.
  5. Clear Fata of landmines and armed groups.

The protesters said that about 78 people were handicapped in landmines and IEDs blasts and 18 people lost their lives in such incidents in Waziristan.

For the first time in Pakistan’s history, residents of the most troubled areas Fata, where the government is run under an outdated set of laws called FCR — have come out protesting for their rights.

Naqeeb was from the Mehsud tribe and the probe submitted in the supreme court says he was innocent. Rao Anwar has already been suspended.

They have threatened to hold a sit-in outside parliament if Anwar is not arrested.

Anger boiled over on social media after the extra-judicial killing of Naqeeb and Pakistani media was then helpless to ignore the issue. Hashtags such as #Justice4Naqeeb, #JusticeForNaqeeb, #HangRaoAnwar have been trending on social media for the last three weeks.

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