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Families displaced by Pakistani airstrikes appeal to government to open roads

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 00:55

June 18 - Residents fleeing from a Pakistan military operation to flush out insurgents appeal to authorities to open up roads so that they can move their families to safety. Natalie Thomas reports.

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As the Pakistani military moves into areas bordering Afghanistan, local families are trying to get out The military are here to flush out Taliban insurgents after they attacked the country's biggest airport earlier this month but many locals fear a long drawn out operation 50-year-old Sher Daraz piled his extended family of 18 into two hired vehicles and fled. He was one of the lucky ones Others have tried to leave only to find themselves caught behind roadblocks (SOUNDBITE) (Pashto) TRUCK DRIVER FROM MIRANSHAH, RASULI JAN, SAYING: "All traffic has been blocked. Some vehicles are loaded with people, with tribal people. They have been stopped by force (from the authorities). They are in great distress. If the government considers us its own people, they should be kind enough to open the roads for us." The Pakistani military has said the operation will continue until all terrorists were eliminated but hasn't set a time limit.

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Families displaced by Pakistani airstrikes appeal to government to open roads

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 00:55