PESHAWAR - The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Khyber Agency, has expressed its concern over the prolonged curfew and ongoing military operation in tehsil Bara, and demanded of the government to take steps for the recovery of missing tribesmen.

“A large number of innocent people were being arrested by the law enforcement agencies on the basis false charges of terrorism, JUI Tehsil Bara Khyber Agency Senior Naib Ameer Shamsul Din Afridi alleged while speaking at a news conference here at the Press Club on Wednesday.

He added that the tribesmen were facing enormous difficulties due to shortage of food items, medicine and other essential commodities items, due to closure of main Tirah Maidan road linking other parts of the agency.

Flanked by the JUI leaders Sahadat Khan Afridi, and Umar Nasir Afridi, he criticized the government for launching unjustified military operations in Bara.

Due to which a large number of people were compelled to fled away from the area to safer places, he said and added the authorities concerned were badly failed to provide adequate facilities to the internally displaced tribesmen (IDPs) despite receiving huge financial aid and food assistance from foreign donors.

Owing to this curfew and security forces military assault in the area, he lamented that academic activities and health facilities were badly affected, as infrastructure of the educational institutes and health centres was destroyed in the agency during the operation.

“The tribesmen are not terrorists rather they were more patriotic citizen, because they were being played an important role to protect borders of the country without any wage since independence of the country, he remarked.

The JUI leader also said the tribal people had faced with miserable condition over the past a decade due to imposing other war on them, adding that missing persons in a large number from Bara Khyber Agency during operations, but authority was turned to deaf ear to recovery them.

He complained that police personnel allegedly extorting money from the displace tribesmen and detained them on refusal, which was totally unjust attitude with them. “It was the duty of personnel of law enforcement agencies to provide protection to lives and property, not unnecessary detained and put fake charges against them, he added.

He warned to opt legal action against the authorities concerned if they were failed to take prompt action against personnel involved in this illegal business.