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Pakistan kills over 1,000 Pashtun elders: Achakzai

Pakistan kills over 1,000 Pashtun elders: Achakzai

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Oct 23, 2017 - 15:41

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pashtuninfo-icon nationalist leader Mahmood Khan Achakzai has accused the government of Pakistaninfo-icon of targeting and isolating the Pashtun people under the pretext of the war against terrorism.

Addressing a huge gathering of his supporters and tribal elders on Sunday in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, Achakzai said tribal people had rendered countless sacrifices for Pakistan but the country’s leadership besides dishonoring their sacrifices had decided to kill, disgrace and displace them.

He said the Pashtuns were being killed and their homes and shops looted in the so-called counter-terrorism operations and threats to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and FATAinfo-icon reforms.

He claimed and accused the Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISIinfo-icon) of killing over 1,000 tribal elders in recent years.

He also accused the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) of blocking identity cards of thousands of Pashtuns.

The nationalist leader accused Pakistan’s former foreign affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz of dividing the Pashtuns in the name of FATA reforms.

Pakistan has formed a committee headed by Sartaj Aziz to look after the merger process of the tribal region into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Tribal elders, however, demanded FATA to be declared a separate province instead merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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