Parachinar sit-in called off after meeting with COAS

  • Additional troops have arrived, safe city project has been announced: DG ISPR
  • Army chief had ordered to find solutions to security related demands: Asif Ghafoor
  • 'Border fencing with Afghanistan is underway, would be completed in two phases'
Pakistan

PARACHINAR – Soon after the chief of army staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Parachinar on Friday, the protesters ended their week-long demonstration after the army chief convinced them that their grievances would be addressed.

The COAS met with the local tribal elders and the participants of the sit-in. He was briefed in detail about the security situation in the town and the recent terrorist attack there.

Director General Intra Services Public Relations Major Asif Ghafoor confirmed arrival of additional contingents to beef up security in the area.

Detailing the initiatives taken to address the grievances of protesters who called upon the government to probe a recent spree of violence, Major Asif Ghafoor disclosed that some of the demands were of political nature, however, the ones related to security were taken up and General Bajwa ordered to find solutions to these.

“Additional army contingents have arrived, safe city project has been announced and better security measures will be taken.” said Major Asif Ghafoor.

DG ISPR maintained that the Pakistan Army was committed to providing security to every part of Pakistan.

Parachinar mourns twin blasts victims for fifth day while awaiting PM, COAS

“The security of the entire country and all the people of Pakistan is equal,” he said.

“We are above any sect. We are Pakistanis and Muslims,” he added.

The ISPR official confirmed the reports suggesting that border fencing with Pakistan’s uneasy neighbour Afghanistan was underway.

“In the first phase the sensitive areas used by terrorists to enter Pakistan would be fenced. While in the second phase the entire Pak-Afghan border would be fenced,” he disclosed and added that a united effort was required to rid Pakistan from the menace of terrorism.

COAS Arrives in Parachinar

Earlier, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Parachinar here on Friday as the protest by locals in the purview of twin bombings entered the eighth day.

The military head had to pay a visit to the violence-torn city on Tuesday. However, the plan was postponed due to inclement weather.

According to Intra-Services Public Relations, the army chief met tribal elders and the families of those martyred in a recent spree of violence.

Widespread Protest after Friday’s Bombings

Scores of protesters gathered at Shaheed Park calling upon the government to play its part in eradicating terrorism in the region continued their demonstrations for the eighth day on Friday.

Holding placards bearing #ParachinarAao, the victims urged the political bigwigs including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, PTI chairman Imran Khan to visit the place in person. They also demanded thst the government order a fair probe into the militancy recently unleashed in the city.

Parachinar, capital of Kurram Agency, a mainly Shia area in the tribal belt, had already suffered two deadly bomb blasts in its markets this year.

Friday’s assault – claimed by the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi al-Alami – brought the town’s loss of life due to terror attacks up to 115, more than any one city in Pakistan has suffered so far this year.