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Sunday, June 02, 2013
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PESHAWAR: A group of elders hailing from North Waziristan on Saturday asked prime minister-designate Nawaz Sharif to help stop the drone attacks in the tribal areas.


Speaking at a press conference here, the elders, including Malik Jalal Khan, Malik Gulabat Khan, Malik Raees Khan and Member Provincial Assembly from Bannu Shah Muhammad Khan said that innocent tribespersons were being killed in the drone strikes.


They said the tribespeople had attached high expectations to the government-in-waiting to bring an end to the drone hits. The elders said peace couldn’t be restored in the country if the drone attacks were not stopped.


“Peace cannot be restored unless the drone attacks are halted,” an elder said and hoped the incoming government would hold talks with the Taliban and would opt out of the so-called war on terror.They said whenever there is some talk of negotiations with the Taliban the US carried out the drone attack to sabotage the peace process.