Pakistani tribesmen vow not to shelter Taliban, extremist groups
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, July 27, IRNA
Eight tribes in a northwestern Pakistani town have decided not to shelter local Taliban and any other extremist and armed group in their areas, a tribal elder has said.
The tribesmen gathered at the town of Hangu also vowed to help authorities in expelling Taliban and members of other fundamentalist armed factions, said Malik Jalil-ur Rehman, who attended the jirga or council.
Over 100 members from tribes Darsamandar, Karbogha Sharif, Zargeri, Shnawarey, Naryab, Doaba, Chery Naryab, Kahi and Saruzi attended the jirga.
Hangu, located at the edge of Orakzai tribal region, has seen violence in recent months and the worst was this month when Taliban shot dead 17 soldiers who were heading to a fort in the protection of tribal elders.
The forces then launched a major operation against the Taliban and killed 20 of them, according to the army's spokesman. Upto 60 other Taliban were arrested, the spokesman said.
The tribesmen decided that every tribe will be responsible for security of their respective areas and the other will help them if they need help.
They said they would cooperate with the government to establish write and expel Taliban and also called on the government to ensure security of the main roads to the area.
Recent clashes between Taliban and Pakistani forces have badly affected the public and many people have migrated to other areas.
Locals say that the displaced people have started returning homes as the situation is fast becoming normal.
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