#EndCurfewInNorthWazirstan Trending On Twitter
The situation in North Waziristan has been tense since the incident that took place on the 25th of May 2019. The Inter Services Public Relations office (ISPR) released a statement claiming that Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) demonstrators ‘attacked’ a check post after which a firefight took place between the soldiers present and PTM activists. Soon after what is now being referred to as the Kharama incident, an internal government report accused two PTM leaders MNA Ali Wazir and MNA Mohsin Dawar of instigating the crowd, resulting in their detention. Since their arrest, a curfew has been imposed in North Waziristan. Activists and politicians have expressed concerns regarding the current situation in North Waziristan on humanitarian grounds, and are calling on the state to end the curfew.
Instead of investigating the #KharkamarMassacre the security tsars are meting out collective punishment to the locals, something that should be condemned by all fair minded people.#EndCurfewInNorthWaziristan pic.twitter.com/MWPhC78BMw
— Afrasiab Khattak (@a_siab) June 15, 2019
The prolonged and continued curfew in #NorthWaziristan means the state has now started the collective punishment (including women and children) to #Pashtuns, who demanded their fundamental rights from the state.#EndCurfewInNorthWaziristan pic.twitter.com/6RdGryG2OB
— Farooq Sahar (@pashteentareen) June 15, 2019
This is collective punishment. It was used by the colonial government & continues to be used in the present day. This is one of the main reasons for the PTM's emergence. When will the state change the pattern & start treating citizens with dignity & respect? #EndBrutalCurfewNWA https://t.co/efaOMvpUdO
— Nida Kirmani (@nidkirm) June 15, 2019
When will we see peace in our villages ? #EndCurfewInNorthWaziristan how one can live over there ?
— Hassan Turi (@spin_ghar) June 15, 2019
After a curfew of 9 consecutive days, the people of Fata now face serious problems in terms of food and health. Its high time for @amnesty @UN @UNHumanRights to take legal action against the inhuman behaviour of Pak gov't and its Ruthless Army. #EndCurfewInNorthWaziristan#PTM
— Bloody Civilion? (@IamEhsanK) June 15, 2019
Where is Immensity International, Where is United Nations and so called Humanitarian activists. Are they not aware of North Wiziristan situation? This is the time to raise voices in favor of Waziristan situation. #EndCurfewInNorthWaziristan
— Naseem Tareen (@NaseemTareen6) June 15, 2019
Media, political parties & parliamentarians why not raising their voices about Curfew in North Wazirstsn, the situation is very critical for inhibtants.#EndCurfewInNorthWaziristan
— Nizam Bacha (@Nizam_Bacha) June 15, 2019
Dear @HRCP87 @hrw @CommissionerHR @HRC @UNHumanRights @amnestysasia its 9th day2a curfew imposed on citizens of KharQamar, #NW, #KhyberPakhtunkhwa #Pakistan. Recently 13 ppl were killed by state there cuz of ego issues&their elected leaders sent2jail#EndCurfewInNorthWaziristan
— meena gabeena (@gabeeno) June 15, 2019
Locals and other social media users have also reported that due to the curfew the flow of essential goods and as well as medical services has been severely disrupted. The hashtag #EndCurfewInNorthWaziristan has been trending on twitter. Many contest the official version of the events, and claim that the armed forces attacked innocent civilians, and are now only aggravating the situation by imposing a curfew.