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2007 accord intact
Mushtaq Yusufzai
Sunday, March 06, 2011
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PESHAWAR: The government and Ahmadzai Wazir tribal elders finally overcame their longstanding differences and agreed to jointly work for promoting peace and keeping foreign militants and other unwanted people out of South Waziristan.


The two sides also agreed to follow the 2007 peace accord in letter and spirit. The government restored all perks and privileges of the Ahmadzai Wazirs as a sign of goodwill gesture and removed roadside checkpoints.


A 120-member grand jirga of the Ahmadzai Wazir elders, led by Malik Ajmal Kakakhel Saturday held a meeting with senior government and military officials at the Scouts Camp in Wana and shared their grievances with each other.


Political Agent and Assistant Political Agent of South Waziristan, Atifur Rahman and Mohammad Shoaib Khan, respectively, represented the government in talks with the grand tribal jirga.


Tribal chieftains of the nine sub-tribes of Ahmadzai Wazirs including Malik Murad Khan Yargulkhel, Malik Mohammad Ali, Malik Sidra Jan, Malik Arif Wazir, Maulvi Mirza Jan, president of JUI-F for South Waziristan and others represented their respective sub-tribes.


Government officials and tribal elders told The News from Wana by phone that the two sides resolved all their differences and agreed to forget the past. The jirga members said they would maintain order in their villages and towns with support of the government and armed forces.


On demand of the jirga, the political administration announced scrapping of all security checkpoints near Rustam bazaar in Wana and relaxed rules for allowing the tribesmen to keep arms for self-defence in line with the terms of 2007 peace accord. The government by setting up checkpoints near Wana bazaar and banning carrying of arms had annoyed the Ahmadzai Wazirs. They had threatened to migrate to Afghanistan as protest if the government did not remove checkpoints and annul ban on arms.


Under the FCR, the political administration had suspended all these incentives including salaries of Khassadar force, getting identity cards and domiciles, etc. In return, the jirga promised it would fight along with the government and armed forces but would never allow local and foreign militants to use their soil. It was decided that the tribe and government would jointly punish and demolish houses of tribesmen found involved in any kind of terrorist activity against the government or its armed forces.