PESHAWAR: Two major tribes of North Waziristan Agency have called for an immediate end to the drone attacks and initiating talks with Taliban for a sustainable and peaceful solution to the crisis.
Speaking at a joint press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Saturday, elders of Utmanzai and Ahmadzai tribes said that blood of innocent people was being shed and the successive governments had not taken any serious steps for restoration of peace. Dawn, The Nation.
PESHAWAR: The alleged illegal detention of eight persons, including two transporters associated with transportation of Nato supplies from Pakistan to Afghanistan, was challenged before the Peshawar High Court on Saturday. A habeas corpus petition was filed by a family member of the two transporters Ikram Khan and Noorul Haq of Khyber Agency against officials of Nowshera police, accusing them of keeping the transporters in illegal detention along with six of their workers since the night of May 29. Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Students from tribal areas on Saturday marched on Sher Shah Suri Road in the capital city to protest military operation in Kurram Agency and ask the government to stop it immediately. The protesters were led by Fata Students` Federation central president Khan Bahadur Wazir, Kurram Agency president Shaukat Aziz and leader Ijaz Chamkani. Dawn.
LANDI KOTAL: The security forces rounded up at least 40 people on Saturday and sealed the Wazir Dhand market in Jamrud under collective territorial responsibility clause of the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR). Officials said that the search operation was conducted at Wazir Dhand following two separate attacks on Nato vehicles on Friday. Dawn.
Parrachinar: Fierce clashes between security forces and the militants continued in Central Kurram Agency as in the wee hours of Saturday militants stormed military check post in Bara Chamkani area in which two security personnel lost their lives while five received serious wounds. The forces repulsed the attack and killed 35 militants and left many injured, FRC learnt. FRC, Daily Times, The Nation.
ISLAMABAD: Staying dormant for over a year, the military-backed tribal militias have got revived in parts of the militancy-infected Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) to combat militancy with ‘community participation’ approach, it is learnt. Renamed as peace committees, the tribal militias are to be scaled up phase-wise with the involvement of the local communities comprising the ethnic tribes against the homegrown militants as well as those targeting the security forces from across the border. The Nation.