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Houses of militants dynamited in Pakistan tribal region

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Aug 7, IRNA -- Pakistani security forces Sunday dynamited houses of three militants, who are wanted by the authorities for their involvement in anti-state activities, in a tribal region, officials said.

The houses were blown up under the British-rule laws known as Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR). Taliban's influence in tribal regions had badly affected the centuries-old traditional tribal system and the authorities were unable to implement the FCR. Taliban had also hampered the system of traditional Jirga or council of elders, who had been making decision in tribal areas for a long time.

The political authorities and personnel of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) launched a crackdown against the militants at Parachinar, the center of Kurram tribal area and dismantled houses of three wanted militants and arrested 23 suspects under FCR.

According to political administration, the crackdown was launched on a tip-off about the presence of militants in the area.

Accompanied by tribal elders and chieftains of different tribesmen, the law enforcement agencies dismantled the houses of three key militants at village Malikhel.

The Sunday’s action shows that the authorities have now established their writ after clearing areas from Taliban militants.

After the cleanup operation, the political authorities restored the incentives including salaries of the tribal elders of village Malikhel, Political Agent in Kurram Agency, Syed Shahab Ali Shah said.

He said that action 'against outlaws' would be taken on the basis of credible information and no group or person would be allowed to disrupt peace of the agency.

He said that maintaining law and order situation was the top priority of government and no compromise would be made on the subject.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30510739

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