Parachinar Citizens Stage Sit-In After Terror Attack

Citizens have staged a sit-in outside the press club in Parachinar after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast left 17 people injured in Turi Bazar.

The participants called upon the law enforcement agencies to take concrete action against the militants as the area had come under attack time and again. They said the government must protect the lives of the people so that such incidents can be prevented, adding that this was the second attack in the city, bordering Afghanistan, in recent days.

According to Dawn, In 2017, nearly 132 people were killed and 460 others wounded in five militant attacks in Parachinar. In previous years, militants had carried out 11 bomb attacks that left at least 500 dead.

Meanwhile, people have started expressing solidarity with the residents of the area with hashtags #StopPashtunGenocide and #PeaceInParachinar.

In response to the attack, Mir Kalam Wazir, a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly lawmaker, said: "Today In 21st century even animals are killed, keeping in view there conservation to extinct. But very sadly Pashtoon are not given this right. They are being killed to extinct. Genocide is on the way."

Former senator Afrasiab Khattak linked these attacks as ramifications of the state's 'misguided' Afghan policy.