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     Feb 18, '14


Students take on Pakistani army
By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Disturbed by civilian casualties and moved by the plight of people living like refugees in their own country, students from Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) are demanding an end to army operations against militants on their native soil.

"We are sick of military action in FATA as it has not eliminated the Taliban but killed, injured and displaced innocent people," Khan Bahadar, president of the FATA Students Federation (FSF), told IPS.

"The tribal population has been facing a hard time since the Pakistan army took control of FATA in 2004. The army, primarily



sent to fight Taliban militants, has caused a mass exodus from the conflict area. The insurgents stay unharmed."

The Taliban took refuge in FATA near the 2,400-kilometer porous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan after their government in Kabul was toppled by US-led forces in 2001. As a frontline state in the US-led war on terror, Pakistan began military action against the Taliban in FATA in 2004, triggering mass displacement. More ...

(Inter Press Service)





 

 

 
 



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