Pakistan: masses rally against “counterterrorism” operation

Protesters took the streets of Pakistan’s Swat district Friday in response to proposed military plans by the government. Those rallying in opposition called for an end to the planned “counterterrorism” operation in the north-western region of the country.

Thousands were marching between Khwazakhela and Kabal to condemn these military plans. Banners read “We hate government-ed terrorism.” Protesters also participated in chants

of “bomb blasts: we don’t accept it“ referencing the Azm-i-Istehkam called military operation.

Residents of the region believe that such operations have caused only disruption to the people and their businesses in the past, and therefore will continue to do so. Hence, the rejection by the people is quite fierce.

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