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Grievances Of Tribal Areas Should Be Solved Politically, Not With Force: Khawaja Asif

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In the wake of clashes between security forces and Pashtun Tahhafuz Movement (PTM) workers, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Asif on Monday said that grievances of people in the tribal areas must be solved politically and not with the use of force.

Addressing a National Assembly sitting, Asif demanded the formation of a parliamentary committee to solve grievances of the FATA residents. “The grievances of [tribal areas’ residents] should be solved politically, not with force,” he said.

He said that the security forces must not be attacked by the citizens of Pakistan for they have rendered immense sacrifices for security and safety of the country. However, such matters should also not be solved via force.

“Until you bring that area into the political mainstream, the elements across the border will exploit the situation. Wherever differences lie, wherever fault lines exist, our enemy will exploit them,” Asif warned.

“KP and particularly the former Fata region was the front line region in the war against terrorism during the last three to four decades.:

Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) workers clashed with security forces in North Waziristan leaving several injured, according to reports.

The security forces opened fire at a peaceful PTM rally that included National Assembly members Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir, the party’s sources state, adding that both MNAs managed to leave the scene without incurring any injuries.

However, the security forces stated that the PTM workers attacked a check post forcing the forces to arrest them in retaliation.

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