During collective funeral prayers for seven persons killed in cross-border mortar shelling in North Waziristan on Thursday night, tribesmen on Friday strongly protested the silence of the government and Pakistani leadership over frequent violations of the country’s sovereignty and loss of innocent lives.
Seven people, including three women and an elderly man and his three grandsons were killed and 17 others sustained injuries when six mortar shells fired from the Nato and Afghan military camp at Tarkhobi area in Afghanistan’s Khost province fell on houses of tribesmen at Gulabkhel village in North Waziristan.
The border village is about 17 kilometres northwest of Spinwam town in North Waziristan’s Mir Ali subdivision. This blatant violation of the country’s sovereignty and killing of innocent villagers aroused strong criticism among the people.
A large number of people on Friday thronged Gulabkhel village to attend the collective funeral prayers of the deceased people. The villagers were angry at the killing of women and children and criticised the Pakistani rulers for keeping quiet over foreign aggression and killing of innocent people.
The mourners complained that it seemed North Waziristan was no more part of Pakistan as the poor people had been left to suffer missile strikes by the US drones and now mortar shelling by the foreign forces.