Amnesty International says at least 65,000 civilians have fled fighting between the Pakistani Taleban and government forces in the Lower Dir district of North West Frontier Province. Photos: Amnesty International
"Neither the Taleban nor the government forces seem to care about the well-being of the residents of Lower Dir who have been forced to flee because they are caught between the two sides," said Amnesty's Sam Zarifi.
"Pakistan is now facing a serious displacement crisis, as hundreds of thousands have been forced out of their homes, including tens of thousands now living in camps formerly used to house Afghan refugees," Mr Zarifi said.
"While the politicians in Islamabad and Washington talk about geopolitics, people in these quiet villages have their lives shattered. It's about time for the world to turn its attention to this human tragedy," he said.
Amnesty says that while the Taleban show no compunction about using civilian areas as combat zones, the military respond with long-distance shelling and aerial bombardments.
Observers in Lower Dir's main town, Timergara, told Amnesty that thousands of civilians had abandoned their homes, in some cases moving through fields in order to avoid the firing on the main roads.
The civilians fleeing from Lower Dir join more than half a million people who have already been displaced by the fighting, according to recent figures released by the UN.
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