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Imran Khan assured to raise his voice for the arrest of SSP Rao Anwer

05 February, 2018

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Sunday assured the hundreds of protesting tribal people here that he would raise his voice for the arrest of people involved in the killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in a fake encounter in Karachi and for the recovery of missing persons belonging to tribal areas.

He was speaking to the protesting tribal people who have been staging a sit-in outside the National Press Club since Thursday, demanding the arrest of suspended SSP Rao Anwar who is reportedly involved in the killing of 27-year-old aspiring model Naqeebullah.

Mr Khan said he would seek the army chief’s help for the recovery of missing persons and for the payment of compensation to those affected by landmines-related incidents in tribal areas.

While showing solidarity with the protesters, he said the tribal people had been deprived of their basic rights and they were facing problems because all constitutional rights were not provided to their areas.

The protesting tribal people have declared the killing of Naqeebullah a part of what they called the Pakhtun genocide.

The PTI chief said he would request Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to play his role for the recovery of missing persons.

He said another important issue in tribal areas was the presence of landlines because incidents related to them had claimed many innocent lives and left many other people disabled. He vowed to take up also this issue with the army chief.

Mr Khan said it was very unfortunate that the people in government did not understand tribal people’s problems, adding that even some sitting ministers were not aware of the difference between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.

He criticised those who opposed the merger of Fata with Khbyer Pakhtunkhwa, saying that such people wanted to keep tribal people far behind those live in other areas. “Currently 72 per cent residents of Fata are living below the poverty line. During the war against terrorism, they were arrested in different provinces,” he added.

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