MEHSUD TRIBESMEN CALL OFF PROTEST AGAINST DRONES AND MILITARY OPERATIONS AND ENTER NEGOTIATIONS

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 20: Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camped out for over a week in front of National Press Club in Islamabad have taken the decision to call off their protest against drone strikes and military operations that have devastated the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) for years now http://blog.approximatetargetfilm.com/no-to-drones-and-military-operations-voices-from-tribal-areas-must-be-heard-6/

The Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa visited the protest camp of Mehsud IDP’s on Wednesday along with Malik Abdul Qayyum khan (former Federal Minister) and expressed solidarity with the war affected people assuring them he would address their grievances.

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The tribesmen were supported by politician Imran Khan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and human rights activists who also joined them to discuss their concerns and highlight issues affecting their lives http://blog.approximatetargetfilm.com/anti-drone-protest-camp-in-islamabad-boosted-by-visit-from-imran-khan-as-activist-speaks-of-waziristan-genocide/

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A message of appreciation was also sent via community activist Alamzaib Khan to supporters in the west that have campaigned against drones and stood in solidarity with tribesmen; “the leading persons named Jamal Hussain, Abdul Waheed and we three persons Comety Sherpoa, Ahmad Shah including me are saying thank you when I told them about your activity for them, so thanks from all of us here.”

A 15 point plan is currently being devised and discussion with the Governor and the fight against drones will continue in other ways. An update will be given after the Governor has had time to consider proposals.

 

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”.

 

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