Helping with Open Hearts
It’s not with an open border but with an open heart that the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan need to help their people.
Commander Zarb-e-Azb Military Operation Major General Zafar Ullah Khan proudly claimed that the Pakistan Army has cleared 90 percent of the North Waziristan Agency of terrorists. No doubt this is a big military achievement, but at what cost?
If terrorists abandoned their sanctuaries and are on the run, the local people couldn’t stay in their
homes either. It is claimed that 676,000 people from war-torn areas were evacuated. But the figure seems doubtful since the population of North Waziristan is 700,000 out of which more than 200,000 have chosen to take refuge in Afghanistan according to the UNHCR.
Almost the entire Waziristan Agency has been affected by the military operation. The ‘organized evacuation’ of the people that the authorities speak so proudly about was not as organized as they would have us believe. In fact, the organized evacuation of the local population was never a serious priority for the authorities. If it was, we wouldn't have an unprecedented movement of over a quarter million people towards and across the Afghan border.
Why did the people of North