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- Thursday, September 06, 2012 - From Print Edition


PESHAWAR: The Fata Students Federation Wednesday staged protest rally against the US drone strikes and military operations in tribal areas.


The demonstrators marched from Saddar Bazaar to the Peshawar Press Club where they caused severe traffic jam on the Sher Shah Suri Road resulting in hardships to commuters.


The protesters, holding placards and banners inscribed with their demands, chanted slogans against the government. The rally was led by Haroon Luqman Afridi, president of the federation.


The speakers said that with each passing day the security situation in Fata was deteriorating and people were compelled to leave their homes. They alleged that political administration and Fata Secretariat instead of resolving their issues aggravated their miseries.


They said the parliament had passed a resolution calling for immediate halt to drone attacks, but it was never honoured. They demanded the government to restore peace in the tribal areas, repair the damaged infrastructure, allocate seats for tribal students in other institutions of the country and compensate the victims of the military operations.