Army operations displaces Pakistani families in Peshawar

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Manju Shukla
Date  05/01/2015

Thousands of Pakistani families have been displaced as the armed forces continue their operations against pro-Taliban militants in the city of Peshawar near the Afghan border, Press TV reports.

Pakistani families were forced to leave their homes in Peshawar, the provincial capital of the northeastern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, after army forces expanded their anti-militant offensive in the troubled region.

The internally displaced Pakistanis live in small tents in makeshift camps and are in dire need of warm clothes as cold weather rages in the area.

The uprooted families say the Islamabad government turns a blind eye to their sufferings.

In an interview with Press TV, Shah Faisal, the founder of the Tehrik-e-Haqooq-e-Bara movement, criticized the Pakistani administration for adopting a discriminatory approach toward the situation of the displaced.

He added that the movement has been established to defend the rights of the displaced people, saying Islamabad ignores the miseries of the uprooted families.

The Pakistani army, known for its support for the Taliban in the past, launched an operation against militant hideouts in North Waziristan in June after a deadly raid on Karachi Airport ended the government’s faltering peace talks with pro-Taliban militants.

On December 16, a group of pro-Taliban militants stormed an army-run school in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar and killed about 150 people, including 132 students. Some 120 students were also injured in the raid.

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants claimed responsibility for the assault, saying it was carried out in retaliation for the Pakistani army’s major military offensive in North Waziristan tribal area, which borders Afghanistan.

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