THE SOUTH WAZIRISTAN SLAUGHTER HAS BEGUN, OFFICIAL KICKOFF TOMORROW OR THE NEXT DAY THE PAKISTAN MILITARY WILL ESCALATE THE BOMBING AND SHELLING AND THE UNITED STATES WILL FIRE MORE ASSASINATION DRONE HELLFIRE MISSILES FROM 60,000 FEET. The United States is responsible for this. The downfall of the Pakistan Government is not far behind. You can find three more South Waziristan stories and also view the Al Jazeera video at the end of this post.
BULLETIN: THE WAR HAS BEGUN: The army has launched an operation after receiving orders from the government. The operation was launched early in the morning. Both air and ground troops are taking part,’ Major General Athar Abbas told AFP.
South Waziristan Children, now “Internally Displaced Persons”, others remain behind and will become “collateral damage” another nice term for DEAD.
Dera Ismail Khan, 31 August 2009: Thousands of people displaced by Pakistani military operations in South Waziristan have fled to D I Khan and are being registered at three separate points in the city, however, relief camps and basic amenities have not been provided, despite intense summer heat.
PACT Radio reporters Jamshed Khan and Zabihullah Gandupur interviewed some of those queuing to be registered. Men, women and children were waiting in a long line under a hot sun. They were tired, frustrated and confused. They were also angry with the Pakistani government and the militants for the conflict that had forced them from their homes and the lack of support provided in D I Khan. The following is an extract from a PACT Radio live broadcast.
My name is Aziz ul Rahman. I am resident of Khaisor, South Waziristan. We were forced to migrate here because of fighting between army and the Taliban.We rented a house on near Din Pur High School because there are no relief camps for us. We have heard rumours that the government is setting up camps at Umer Adda and Kot Azam. But there are no proper facilities there. Also, we know how Swat’s IDPs [internally displaced people] were treated earlier in the year. We do not want to stay in a relief camp if it is anything like that. The conditions are tough in D I Khan for my family. The weather is very hot and we have just three fans to help cool our bodies. Our bodies are covered in heat rash. Our problems will be solved when the government establishes camps, close to the main cities, supplied with drinking water, electricity and food.
My name is Noor Gul and I am from South Waziristan. We are arrived some time ago but then there was nowhere to register. We came to this school today so that we could register ourselves as IDPs. We will be happy if, after this process, the government distributes food to meet the needs of the displaced people. Registering will help us to claim our rights to food and other essential items. Most of the us are poor and were badly affected by the conflict in South Waziristan. The continuous fighting has destroyed houses, farms and businesses. We are peaceful people. The government should talk with us about the situation and about returning to our homeland in South Waziristan.
We have been living in D I Khan for seven months now. We came here from South Waziristan because of the fighting but the situation in D I Khan was so bad that we actually considered returning. But, because of all the drone attacks, we decided to stay. The time here is passing but life is not good compared to our days in South Waziristan. We request the government to stop the drone attacks.
I am from Toyee in South Waziristan. My name is Khan Baz. I came here early in the morning to collect food distributed by the authorities. It is the first time that we are getting relief. First, we were registered and then they gave us food items including pulses, sugar, oil, tea and wheat flour. Look – there, outside, people are waiting to get food items, tokens and ID cards. All of these people are honorable and have been genuinely affected by the conflict. They should be respected and provided with proper relief.
My name is Tawakal. I belong to Laddah in South Waziristan Agency. We came here to get some relief, but we are not satisfied. The food is not being properly distributed and we are not getting relief. Often, the police beat the people like animals. We are not treated like humans. Some people were able to collect food today, but not me – I didn’t get anything. We are facing a lot of problems. We come here early in the morning and sit in the hot sun all day until it is dark. And we are paying three to five thousand rupees a month to rent accommodation in such poor conditions. We are constantly worried about money; trying to think how we can earn enough to survive. These problems could all be solved if the distribution process was transparent and free from corruption.
I am in the ninth class in South Waziristan and my name is Abdul Rahman. Our schools in South Waziristan are totally closed because of the war. We hear that the schools in D I Khan are opening after the summer vacations but we are not able to study here because we do not have a school-leaving certificate and more than that we can’t stay here for a long time. As soon as there is some peace in our area we will go back, so we can’t start our studies in D I Khan. Regarding private admissions or examinations, we can’t afford such heavy expenses. I hope that there will once again be peace in our homeland. We are trying to keep up with our studies by ourselves, without teachers, but we hope that the government will establish camp schools, as they did for Swat’s IDPs.
See our other stories on South Waziristan here, here and here. Also, read the post below this one. Bill Roggio at The Long War posts Analysis: What lies ahead in South Waziristan. Great analysis of the tribes and their potential actions.
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