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Representatives of North Waziristan families addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club against restrictions on their non-custom paid vehicles. – Photo by Mr Arshad Khan

PESHAWAR, September 18: Internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan tribal region have asked the government to take action against corrupt police and customs officials who allegedly demanded bribes for their unregistered vehicles.

Addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club, several affectees of the military operation told said that the Pakistan Army had issued them written permission to use their  non-custom paid vehicles while they were vacating their native areas before the start of military operation Zarb-e-Azb.

However, they said the police and customs officials were now teasing them by seizing their 12 vehicles in the precincts of Mardan, Matanai and Karak Police Stations. Moreover, customs officials in Kohat district have also seized their 12 vehicles, they added.

“We are in trouble now authorities have launched crackdown on non-custom paid vehicles, despite the army’s permission to use them. Four days ago, they seized about 15 vehicles near Kohat customs house after women and children onboard were made to disembark. Also, the police and customs officials replace genuine parts of our vehicles and sell them in market to earn money. ”

However, the police have rejected the allegations of the IDPs and said that they neither take bribes from them, nor confiscate their non-custom paid vehicles.

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