South Waziristan: Protests against curfew in Shaktoi

People belonging to Shaktoi in South Waziristan staged a protest in Sara Rogha on Monday demanding an end to a four-day curfew in the area.

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Residents of the Shaktoi area of ​​South Waziristan say there has been a curfew in the area for the past four days, with people being beaten and arrested by the military.

The Pakistani military has not responded to a request for a curfew details in the area, and South Waziristan police chief DPO Shaukat Ali said there was no such report.

The South Waziristan administration also said the area was under military control and could not comment But on Sunday, a security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told that a curfew had been imposed in the area and that 26 people had been arrested so far, of whom 17 had been released and four more would be released today.

Zafar Mehsud, a protester in Sara Rogha, said houses had been locked for the past four days and food and drink were in short supply.

He alleges that soldiers entering homes under curfew are abusing all men and women and claims that they have been facing similar situations since 2009.

He said someone else would blow up or attack the army But the army asking for the attackers from locals.

The curfew in Shaktoi came five days after an army vehicle exploded in the area, killing three soldiers, including an officer, according to the military.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, and the military said it had launched a search operation in the area after the incident.

But the military has not commented on the curfew in the area.

He added that many people have been arrested in this manner, the number of which is not known but people are being subjected to severe violence. He said the detainees included his two brothers and two cousins ​​who were taken from a shop in the village.

Rehmat Shah Maseed, the leader of the Pashtun Salvation Movement in South Waziristan, said he had protested in front of the brigade’s office in Sara Rogha today because the same brigadier had said yesterday that he would improve the situation in the area  But Maseed claims that brigadier did not allow him to visit the area yesterday.

However, security forces, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the area was in South Waziristan but was managed by the North Waziristan Army.

Rahmat Shah says if their issue is not resolved then they will protest in Razmak North Waziristan.