South Waziristan: Affectees of Rah-e-Nijat sitting on 11th day in protest for their rights

Residents of Sara Rogha Tehsil in South Waziristan stage protest for their rights heads to words day 11th, Argued that any damage caused to the area during the Rah-e-Nejat military operation in the area has not yet been met and they had been deprived from their basic rights

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Protests are taking place in the Sara Rogha Tehsil center in South Waziristan, where they say it has been nine years since they returned from exile, but the area still deprived from health, education and water facilities.

Ishaq, a participant in the protest rally, told that the Sara Rogha Bazaar was destroyed during Operation Rah-e-Nijat.

He claimed that there were 400 shops in the market and he had 36 of them but after the operation only 80 shops were rebuilt and he got only one shop out of 36.

Ishaq alleges that the army took over 500 canals of market land, “if the army needed the land, they should pay for it on the basis of commercial land”. he added

He said that all boys ‘and girls’ schools in the area are disfunction, adding that the only high school in Sara Rogha has been set up by the army under its management (APS, Army Public School) at a cost of Rs 1,500 per child per month. Fees are charged The common poor cannot afford to pay that much.

The protesters demanded that the school to be publicized and children to be given free education.

Amdullah said there was a shortage of girls  education facilities in the area. He said that girls education should be arranged. He added the area has been deprived from electricity, water and telephone service.

He added due to the lack of health facilities in the area they have to carry their patient for treatment to Tank or Dera Ismail Khan at a cost of thousands of rupees.

Khalid Iqbal, deputy commissioner of South Waziristan, said he acknowledged that there were problems in the area and that they were trying to resolve them.

He told that he was trying to resolve issues that were within their reach and would make recommendations to senior government officials on issues that were beyond their control.