Resolution in KP Assembly Seeks Reopening of Border With Afghanistan
A resolution was tabled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seeking ‘reopening of border crossings with Afghanistan for trade’.
”Our markets have been totally destroyed. It’s time to reopen the border so that our business could b restored,” read a tweet by a user who affiliates himself with the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement.
A resolution seeking reopening of border crossings with Afghansitan for trade was tabled in KP Provincial Assembly today.”Our markets have been totally destroyed. It’s time to reopen the border so that our business could b restored, pic.twitter.com/YcvsaY2pJ8#RepatriatePashtunIDPs
— atal pashtun ❣️اتل (@atalpashtun) July 15, 2020
In addition to the demand of the border reopening, the social media users are also demanding the repatriation of the IDPs [Internally Displaced Persons]. IDPs are a group of Pashtun people who had to leave their areas during the military operations in the tribal districts.
KP MPA Mir Kalam Wazir said that the government was reluctant to send IDPs home despite repeated demands.
There are more than 2000 families still residing in Bakakhel TDPs Camp.despite our repeated demands govt is reluctant to send them back. Also no one is allowed to go and see the state of these TDPs inside the camp.
— Mir Kalam Wazir (@KalamWazir) July 15, 2020
Another rights activist Alamzaib Mahsud said that the sufferings of the IDPs were unbearable, tas he tweeted in the support of the repatriation.
The hardships of waziristan datta khel, khyber’s tirah and orakzai IDPs going hrough are absolutely unbearable. Years have passed since Operation Zarb-e-Azb was completed, but only a small area of Datta Khel is still uncleared. What is the state up to. #RepatriatePashtunIDPs
— AlamZaib Mahsud (@AlamzaibMahsud) July 15, 2020
Another user questioned the motive of keeping the IDPs in camps.
The tribal areas have merged into KPK, claiming that terrorists have been eliminated in those districts. What is the reason that thousands of residents of Bakakhel camp are not sent back to their homes? Somewhere “There is something that is veiled.”#RepatriatePashtunIDPs pic.twitter.com/z5ASSRHT9A
— رانیہ تورپیکی (@Rania_Toorpekey) July 15, 2020
Idris Bacha questioned the lack of effective arrangments for the return of the IDPs.
In so called war on terror, thousands of Pashtuns were killed, markets, schools & houses were demolished & millions were displaced, most of whom are still living in IDPs camps for several years, but no effective arrangements have been made for their return.#RepatriatePashtunIDPs
— Idris Bacha (@swatian_shah) July 15, 2020