Crackdown against Pakhtoons in Lahore

Report by: Zia Ur Rehman
It is learnt that after Manawan episode, Punjab government has started crackdown against Pakhtoon people living in Lahore in the name of action against Taliban militants, mostly were the poor fruit vendors and labours who migrated to Lahore for earning bread and butter for their families. According to the media reports, Punjab police arrested more than 400 Pakhtoon people from different parts of Lahore.


http://www.geo.tv/4-8-2009/u66058.html
It is also learnt that hundreds of the people belonging from Pakhtoonkhwa and FATA living in Lahore for many years are compelled to abandon Punjab because of crackdown of Police. This fascist and racist practice is already under use by one organization in Karachi and Hyderabad which is now Punjab government is adopting. Civil society and progressive political circles of Punjab espacially of Lahore should take notice on this serious issue.

Zia Ur Rehman can be reached at: Zalmayzia@yahoo.com

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