In A First, Waziristan Women Stage Sit-In Against Alleged Detention Of Local Men
Women in North Waziristan have reportedly joined a sit-in to seek the release of their male family members allegedly detained by security forces. According to sources, a number of tribal elders have extended support to the women’s protest.
Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leaders on the ground claim that several people were taken into custody following a raid in Muhammadkhel area of North Waziristan after a bomb blast targeted a military convoy on September 15.
For the first time in Waziristan's history, women were forced to block the main road in the North Waziristan village of Mohammad Khel in protest of military atrocities. Children, the elderly, men and women are all participating in the protest. #WaziristanWomenSitIn
— Sher Pashteen (@SherPashteen1) October 13, 2020
The state's atrocities have increased to the extent that women have started protesting on the roads of Waziristan. The state's war policy has badly effected women. They lost their sons, brothers, husbands & fathers.#WaziristanWomenSitIn
— Idris Bacha (@swatian_shah) October 13, 2020
Radio Mashaal quoted local elders as saying that they held a meeting with the authorities, but it remained unfruitful.
Meanwhile, the protestors have vowed to continue the sit-in until their men are released.