Pak's 'neglected' Kalash community threatens to migrate over govt apathy

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Peshawar, Sep. 11 (ANI): The Kalash community, which feels completely alienated in the country, has threatened to leave Pakistan if the government fails to take serious action against the kidnappers of Greek social worker, Athanasee Laironaise.

"If the government doesn't take any serious action, we will leave Pakistan and go to some other country, a move which would bring bad name to Pakistan," the Daily Times quoted Taleem Khan of Talash community, as saying.

Addressing a press conference at Peshawar Press Club, Kalash residents said the Greek social worker had been serving the community for the past 20 years and all efforts should be made to recover him.

"People in the Kalash valleys are frightened and feel insecure and unrest is growing due to the kidnapping of the Greek social worker," Khan said.

The community has demanded deployment of army troops in the areas of Bamborait, Birir and Rambore.

A Kalash woman said the government had always ignored Kalash and its residents and was not providing them any education, health faculties and financial assistance.

"Pakistan has done nothing for us. We'll migrate," she said.

The minority MPA demanded the federal and provincial governments deploy army units in Bamborait, Birir and Rambore valleys. (ANI)

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