WANA – Ahmadzai Wazir tribe and members of the Wana Peace Committee have given an ultimatum to Mehsud tribesmen to leave the area by December 5. The decision was taken at a grand jirga of Wazir tribes and members of the peace committee in which large number of tribal elders participated. Mehsud tribesmen — militants and IDPs — were asked to leave boundaries of Wazir tribes including Barma, Shakai, ToiKhuld and Wana tehsils by the given date. Mehsuds were told that it was the last warning for them. The Nation, The News, Dawn.
SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: At least four people were killed when unmanned US predator drone targeted a house in the Sheen Warsak area of South Waziristan Agency on Saturday. Sources confirmed that a drone fired missiles at a house in the area. It also targeted a vehicle parked near the house. The missile attack leveled the house killing four people and injuring three others. The Nation, The News, Dawn.
WASHINGTON – Pakistan and the United States believe trade,investment, and private sector growth are the future of the Pak-US relationship as the two sides concluded their dialogue on expanding economic ties. Finance minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh and US Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides co-chaired the US Pakistan Economic and Finance Working Group meeting in Washington, stressing to promote economic cooperation. The Nation.
KARACHI: Rangers personnel unearthed a bomb-making factory and arrested 10 militants belonging to the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) during raids in two areas of Manghopir in the early hours of Saturday. Sources said the raids were conducted in the Kanwari Colony and Sultanabad areas in collaboration with the Intelligence Wing of the Rangers, Sindh. Anti-terrorist squads of the Rangers also took part in the operation. The discovery of the bomb-making factory came 10 days after two improvised explosive devices exploded and killed two people and wounded another 11 in the Peerabad area of Orangi Town. A similar IED blast had occurred in Abbas Town on November 18. Acting on a plan, some 2,000 paramilitary soldiers entered Manghopir and sealed off all entry and exit points. The News.
HANGU: Two persons who went missing a day earlier from Doaba town were found dead in lower Kurram Agency on Saturday, the police sources said. The sources said that Maazuddin and Mumtaz-ur-Rehman, residents of Srokhel in Doaba town, went for a walk in the evening and did not return home. Their relatives searched them everywhere but did not find any clue about their whereabouts. Their bullet-riddled bodies were found dumped in Paloseen Wazir area in lower Kurram Agency. The News.
GHALLANAI: The militants beheaded the member of a pro-government peace committee in Haleemzai tehsil in Mohmand Agency, official and tribal sources said on Saturday. The sources said that Rasad Gul, resident of Babikhel in Haleemzai who was member of the Haleemzai Peace Committee, was going home after visiting his uncle’s house in Shagee Meel when the militants seized him Friday night. The militants, the sources said, beheaded Rasad Gul, whose decapitated body was found lying at a deserted place Saturday morning.
Meanwhile, the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the killing. Ihsanullah Ihsan called reporters from an unknown location to make the claim. He said that members of the pro-government peace committees were their prime target. The News, Dawn.
PESHAWAR: Political parties and the political administration in Khyber Agency have agreed on the rules of the game for the next elections in the tribal region in view of the prevailing security environment and implementation of the amended Frontier Crimes Regulation, a government official said. The agreement came at a meeting presided over by Khyber Agency Political Agent Mutahir Zeb and attended by presidents and general secretaries of all political parties in the region, including Pakistan People’s Party, Awami National Party, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Jamaat-i-Islami and Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl, the official said. Dawn.
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