TANK, Sep 02: The military authorities have decided in principle to launch a military offensive in the areas of Tehsil Sarwakai, South Waziristan Agency, that borders Districts Tank and D. I. Khan of KPK, FRC learnt.
According to details, security officials have directed, few days ago, the Tribal elders of Tormandai and Ziarat Zai villages of Tehsil Sarwakai to vacate their areas as soon as possible because the military high ups have come across a number of evidences that endorses the presence of militants there.
“The information gathered, over the past few months, from the area revealed that terrorists are hiding in Tormandai and Ziarat Zai areas and are engaged in terrorist activities that are increasing with each passing day”, said an official of the local administration with the condition of anonymity.
The elders of the said tribes showed great concern over their forced displacement from the area and convened it to the concerned military officials in the meeting.
“Our area people are mostly related to animal husbandry that is the main source of livelihood. It is very difficult for us to cope with the looming displacement circumstances”, said an elder of Tormandai village while talking to FRC.
He further added that, “The most worry some situation for us is where we would take refuge once displaced with insufficient financial resources and lack of provisions from the government side”.
It is to mention here that the areas, village Tormandai and Ziarat Zai, are inhabited by Mehsud tribe and comprises 900 families. These areas were safe from the militant and military activities till the near past and had never been subjected to internally displacement.
There are in all six tehsil of SWA that are dwelled by Mehsud tribesmen and where military operations have been launched since 2009. These include Tehsil Tiarza, Sarwakai, Sararogha, Makeen, Ladha, and Speenkai respectively. However, only the Speenkai tehsil has been cleared off militants while the rest are still subject to Operation Rahe-e-Nijat that was launched on 5th October 2009.