MIRANSHAH: The Saidgai and Gorwek tribes of Dattakhel in North Waziristan tribal district on Friday held a protest outside Miranshah Press Club for not getting permission to collect chilgoza (pine nuts).
The protesters blocked the local road for traffic due to which commuters faced difficulties. The protesters said chilgoza is the only source of earning for them and only one week time is left in the precious dry fruit getting ripe, but the government is not allowing them to go back to their areas. They said chilgoza worth millions of rupees will be wasted if they were not allowed to collect it from trees.
Trade leader Malik Noor said the area people have no other source of income. He said the area people along with their children would be compelled to hold protests in Peshawar and Islamabad if they were deprived of their source of income. He said currently the local people are facing severe financial problems due to lack of jobs and business.
According to an estimate, pine nuts valuing over a billion rupees is collected from Shawal and Dattakhel tehsils of North Waziristan every year which is transported to different parts of the country and also exported to China, US and Central Asian States.
Cross border attack
Another cross-border attack was reported from North Waziristan on Friday, in which a solider sustained injuries.
Official sources said militants based in Afghanistan attacked a check post of the security forces in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan. The check post is situated in Meetakhel, Hasankhel area. A security personnel, Asif Jahanzeb sustained injuries in the attack.
The security forces retaliated after which the terrorists escaped. The injured security personnel was shifted to Dwatoi Hospital through a helicopter.
The attack in North Waziristan happened a day after a soldier was martyred in a cross-border attack on a military check post in Lower Dir.
According to ISPR, terrorists from inside Afghanistan across the international border opened fire on a military post in Lower Dir. One soldier identified as Havaldar Gul Ameer, got critically injured and later embraced martyrdom while under treatment at a hospital.
The ISPR said the security forces responded in a befitting manner, killing one terrorist. It said intelligence intercepts showed that one terrorist was killed and two to three were injured.