Pakistan’s PESHAWAR-Local police and women’s employers said that four women who participated in an empowerment workshop were shot and killed on Monday in an area that was once a Taliban base in turbulent Pakistan.
Fayaz Khan, the chief executive officer of the college, said that the team was hired by the Bravo College of Technology in Peshawar to help local women acquire vocational skills, such as North Wazi Ristan’s sewing.
“Is this a way to give back to someone’s hard work for the poor?” Khan said on the phone. “Their role is huge for the local community.”
Police Chief Shafiullah Gandapur told NBC News that the two women were clearly targeted as they passed through a deserted village near Mirali in the tribal region of North Waziristan.
North Waziristan runs along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and has served as a base for the Pakistani Taliban and other militants, including al-Qaeda, until 201
No organization immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
The incident occurred in recent months at a time when the alleged attacks by the Pakistani Taliban in extremely conservative areas have surged and there are concerns that insurgents may regroup.
Gandapur also said on the phone: “The tribal areas of North Waziristan have been suffering from fierce fighting for a long time and the security situation has improved, but we still face many problems.”
The Pakistani Taliban, also known as the Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban) Pakistan, is separate from the Afghanistan Taliban, but the ideology is similar. The organization was established in 2007 to overthrow the Pakistani government and establish a government consistent with its strict interpretation of Islam.
Although the Taliban operate in different areas across Pakistan, they currently do not control specific areas. In the past, the Pakistani group prohibited girls from receiving education in areas under its control and did not allow women to work. Non-profit organizations are also prohibited from operating.
People who advocate girls’ education have also become targets. Members of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the 2012 Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai who shot and sustained serious injuries. She angered the Taliban by promoting girls’ education.
Today, women working for charities are in danger in Pakistan’s conservative tribal areas, where many men and activists refuse to portray them as the heads of the West in order to empower women in local society.
Police Chief Gandapur said: “The female social workers came here from the town and the non-profit organization did not notify us before sending these women to this turbulent area.” “If they notify us before the visit, we will They provide security and it is possible to avoid this unfortunate incident.”
The police said they had launched a “search and strike” operation to try to arrest the attackers.
Khan of the Bravo Institute of Technology said that the project for training men and women in North Waziristan is a joint venture with the state organization Sabawon, which uses education to enhance gender capabilities and provide improved social services and facilities. , To help poor and disadvantaged communities.
Sabahwang issued a statement on Monday expressing concern about the deaths of four female workers at Bravo College, but said they do not represent Sabahwang.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.