Who killed my father?
PESHAWAR: Worried about the future of his family and tears rolling down his face, Ijaz Afridi, a teenager, was sitting beside the body of his father, Noor Jamal, on Wednesday outside the Governor’s House with no clue as to who killed his father.
Talking to Dawn, he was unable to explain as to what would be the future of his family without his father. “I have no means to shift my other family members to safer place and as such no other option but to keep them in the violence-hit Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency,” he said.
The 16-year-old Ijaz Afridi said that he even did not know who his enemy was and why his father was gunned down inside his own home.
“I was on duty in a local factory at the time of the incident. When I got the information about the killing of
my father and rushed to reach there, the security forces did not allow me to reach my house for many hours,” he said.
Ijaz Afridi said that his father,belonging to Alamgudar village,was an old man and had done nothing wrong. “Unknown armed men camouflaged in uniform of security forces entered our house and killed my father,” he alleged and said that now the future of his family members was uncertain.
Some students of Bara were also sitting beside him. They said that Ijaz Afridi was not the first boy who lost his father, but many other such teenagers had been deprived of their loved ones for no fault of theirs. They said that the entire male members of Mughar Baaz’s family had been killed and only his young daughter escaped in the recent attack.
Majority of the students, they said, had said goodbye to their studies as the schools had been closed for past over three years due to the military operation and they could not even get school leaving certificates to take admission in settled areas.
They said that the students were either selling different items or serving in shops to support their elders and families.
They said that due to closure of Bara bazaar the internally displaced persons had badly suffered financially and many of them were even unable to feed their children.
“Only the well-off people have managed to get their children admitted to the educational institutions in settled areas and the poor are the worst affected,” they said and added that if the operation was not ended immediately they would be deprived of education.
They criticised elected representatives from their area for completely ignoring them in this hour of need. They said that their representatives used to come to them only during elections and then disappeared for years.
Some of the students, who had shifted to Peshawar and other safer places, said that police were teasing them at different checkpoints and asking them to produce computerised national identity cards.
“We are students below the age of 18 and as such we could not have the CNIC,” the students said.