Zardari to send help to violence-hit Parachinar

Other News Materials 25 July 2009 03:14 (UTC +04:00)
Zardari to send help to violence-hit Parachinar

As the Taliban have blocked all roads towards Parachinar, President Asif Ali Zardari advises authorities to use small aircrafts to transport the locals, Press TV reported.

Zardari, taking note of the blockade of all the roads leading to the Parachinar district of the troubled northwestern tribal region, has asked authorities to arrange passenger flight services between Parachinar and Peshawar on an urgent basis to alleviate the problems of the locals, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday.

Sectarian violence in the region has claimed the lives of hundreds in the recent months.

The Taliban militants - who fled the neighboring Swat and Malakand region after a military assault - have blocked all the roads of Parachinar and the Kurram agency leading towards the provincial capital of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Peshawar.

The militants have imposed a crippling blockade on Shia communities in Parachinar, Hangu and Kurram agency areas - raising concerns of a 'dire humanitarian crisis'.

A presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar told Press TV's correspondent that a group of parliamentarians belonging to the tribal region have also contacted the president and informed him about the situation in the Parachinar district.

A member of Pakistan's National Assembly (the lower house of Pakistan's parliament) from the Kurram agency, Sajid Turi, pointed out that the people of Kurram faced great difficulties while transporting sick people to hospitals in Peshawar and asked for the restoration of an air link to the region.

The president has asked the Defense Ministry to consider the proposal on a priority basis by arranging a 21-seater air craft for this purpose. The president also called for a report within two weeks, in this regard.