Farmers demand halt of operation in Batakundi

ISLAMABAD: A delegation of farmers of Batakundi Tehsil, Balakot has demanded an immediate end to, what they called, Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) conducted a military operation to evict them from their ancestral lands.

In a press conference here on Wednesday at Islamabad Press Club the representatives of the affected peasants alleged that FWO on the behest of the local feudal lords, Muzammil Shah and General (r) Tirmizi, have launched a military operation to evict them from their ancestral lands on which they claimed living for the past many centuries.

They said that on October 11 uniformed personnel launched an operation to occupy their lands, the people resisted that attempt and a protest demonstration was taken out in Balakot. The authorities harassed those who were resisting the occupation. Nine people had been arrested and cases were prepared against 32 farmers, the representatives said.

They demanded the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo moto action against the alleged illegal military operation and called for its immediate halt, withdrawal of cases against the victims and acknowledgment of their rights to their ancestral lands.\10\20\story_20-10-2011_pg7_19

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