#DemineExFATA Trends On Twitter As Users Demand Clearing Of Landmines In Tribal Areas
On Monday, #DemineExFata became one of the top trends on Twitter as users demanded clearing of landmines in the tribal areas, which have borne the brunt of the War on Terror.
People shared videos and pictures of landmine victims, and made comparisons between the level of coverage that victims of Indian oppression in Kashmir get and the attention given to landmine victims of erstwhile FATA.
Former senator Afrasiab Khattak put the blame on security institutions and said that they must take responsibility for their flawed Afghan policy that brought terrorism and landmines. He pointed out that even after years of clearing the area, the local people were losing their limbs to the menace of mining.
The security institutions must take responsibility for their flawed Afghan policy that brought terrorism & land mines. Even after years of “ clearance” of the area, the local people, particularly the innocent children are losing their lives & limbs to the menace. #DemineExFATA
— Afrasiab Khattak (@a_siab) November 11, 2019
People lamented how the area had been declared cleared of terrorists, but when the locals returned, they found a new threat to their lives in the form of landmines.
Ex FATA was declared cleared before its people were allowed to settle back into their villages. These people returned to their villages after decades, but upon returning, their children are becoming victims of landmines left in the supposedly "cleared" zone. #DemineExFATA
— Imran Khan (@iopyne) November 11, 2019
Another user stated that children of Punjab grow up with education and sports, while children in FATA fall prey to landmines.
Punjab's children and girls grow up with education as well as sports. Every man is living his life in the world.But the people of FATA are carrying the bodies of their loved ones every day. Children and girls fall prey to land mines.Or become permanently exhausted.#DemineExFATA
— Laiba Yousafzai (@LaibaYousafzai2) November 11, 2019
Journalist Muhammad Taqi shared a quote by Desmond Tutu, the famed South-African anti-apartheid cleric, that the devastation wreaked by landmines is not only horrendous but immoral.
— Mohammad Taqi (@mazdaki) November 11, 2019
Journalist Sanna Ejaz stated that the demand to demine former FATA was part of the effort to reduce the social, economic and environmental damage of mines in conflict zones and was related to fundamental rights.
#DemineExFATA is a demand related to fundamental human rights and is an effort to reduce the social, economic and environmental damage of mines in the #conflictzones of Pakhtunkhwa.@UN_Women @UN_PGA @amnesty @HRCP87 pic.twitter.com/0aMsxtmF9o
— Sanna Ejaz(سیاله) (@sanaejaz2) November 11, 2019
Advocate Fazal, known for his speeches in rights protests, stated that following their return to Waziristan, residents began to regularly see their loved ones and fellow residents torn to pieces.
After the forced escape Some of the resident of Waziristan began to return to their district in 2012. But they regularly see their relatives and local residents torn to pieces by deadly explosions of landmines. #DemineExFATA
— Fazal khan Advocate (@FazalAdvocate4) November 11, 2019
A user shared a picture of children holding shells, and stated how their children are (exposed) to landmines while children of the same state go abroad to study.
— Rabnawaz wazir (@Rabnawazwazir3) November 11, 2019
Meanwhile, rights movement Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement reiterated that the removal of landmines from conflict-ridden areas of erstwhile FATA was one of its demands. In a tweet, it stated that people who had fallen victim to landmines and bombings should be treated and compensation should be paid to them.
پی ٹی ایم کا 3rd مطالبہ یہ ہے کہ جنگ زدہ علاقوں سے لینڈ مائنز مکمل طور پر صاف کئے جائے۔
پشتونخواہ وطن میں لینڈ مائنز ، دھماکو اور بمباریوں میں جتنے معزور افراد ہے انکا مکمل علاج اور انکے لئے وظیفہ کمپینسیشن مقرر کیا جائے۔#DemineExFATA
— Manzoor Pashteen (@manzoorpashteen) November 11, 2019