By: Ashrafuddin Pirzada, Pakistan
PAKISTAN: Heirs of truck and oil tanker drivers who lost lives in attacks and explosions while supplying oil and other stuff to Nato forces in Afghanistan staged a protest demonstration on Takia area of Landikotal tehsil on Friday.
A number of people from the deceased drivers’ families and transport union workers took part in the protest. Shakir Khybe transport union president Shakir Khan Afridi led the protest.
They were holding placards and banners inscribed that they have lost fathers, brothers and sons in different militant attacks in Landikotal when they were supplying Nato fuel and other items from Karachi to Kabul and Kandahar.
The protestors chanted slongans that their near and dear ones were drivers and other crew members and got killed in militants attack but neither US government nor Nato heard their voice.
They said in the past twenty years at least 25 Nato drivers and other crew members hailed from Landikotal had been killed in targeted attacks on them with IEDs and road sided bomb explosions in their vehilces.
They said some of the Nato oil and other equipmemt suppliers were also directly shot dead by unknown gunmen during US occupation on Afghanistan.
Speaking on the occasion, Shakir Khan Afridi said that Landikotal residents especially trucks and oil tankers owners and drivers were severely under attacks in the past twenty years. He added that those who used to supply fuel to Nato and allied forces in Afghanistan were on militant target. He said dozens of trucks and oil tankers were blown up in bomb explosions while their drivers were killed in Landikotal and Tokham border. He said a number of other innocent residents also got killed and injured in the terrorits bids.
“We lost at least 25 drivers and their helpers in militant attacks and several others injured, but Nato and alied foces in Afghanistan yet not compensated their families”, said Shakir Afridi.
Shakir Khan Afridi threatened that if the Uinted States of America and Nato countries not compensate the deceased families they would be compelled to record their protest Islamabad.