Pak tribals agree to handover 12 captives Sunday

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 27, IRNA -- The militants in Wana, South Waziristan 
tribal agency on Saturday agreed to hand over 12 of the 14 officials 
to the representatives of Jirga comprising on tribal elders and 
religious leaders. 
The militants headed by Nek Mohammad`s tribal of Yargul Kheil, 
would hand over 12 officials to the representatives of the jirga 
sometime Sunday in Wana, one of the jirga member has revealed. 
Some 14 officials including 12 troops of paramilitary and two of 
the political administration in Wana were kidnapped by the 
militants, cordoned later on March 18 by a joint operational team of 
Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps. 
The militants however, told the tribal elders that they have only 
12 officials with them and not 14. It was however, not cleared that 
other two missing officials are the troops of the paramilitary or 
belong to political administration. 
The militants agreed to hand over the 12 captives without any 
condition "but an agreement was inked at the conclusion of the 
meeting between the militants and the representatives of the 
tribal jirga," one member of the jirga said but refused to disclose 
the details of this agreement. 
The representatives of the jirga include the elders of all the six
tribal agencies and religious scholars of the area and also two 
The Pakistani authorities accepting the request of the Jirga has 
extended the deadline for the militants to surrender and hand over 
the captives till Sunday (March 28). 
Meanwhile some 82 houses were demolished in the cordoned areas as 
well as in the areas where the army convoy was attacked near Sarokai. 
The mud houses like fortresses were demolished by the troops and the 
tribal lashkar (private army of the tribes). 
According to the elders in Wana, the Mehsood tribe is holding a 
grand meeting of its Jirga on Sunday (today) in Wana. The meeting 
convened aimed to constitute a tribal lashkar of Mehsood tribe to 
flush out all the foreign militants from the tribal agency. 
"Especially the Jirga would move swiftly to eliminate all the 
militants belonging to al-Qaeda," a Mehsood Tribe`s elder told this 
news agency. 

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