Kurram Agency


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PARACHINAR: The ulema and tribal elders in restive Kurram Agency have asked the government to deploy the army on the roads to protect lives of the passengers and announce support package for the 0.5 million tribal people who were stranded due to the insecure roads.

Addressing a press conference here Thursday, the ulema and elders including Allama Muhammad Ibrahim Muhammadi, Allama Muhammad Hussain Tahriri, Muhammad Taqi and others said the people of the Kurram Agency were economically paralysed by a handful of militants in the area. They added that the government along with the military high-ups must realise the social and economic plight of the residents of Kurram tribal region.

They wondered as to why the civil and military leadership were shy in taking concrete steps against the group of militants entrenched in the lower parts of Kurram Agency.

They said it was high time the government must stop the bloodbath in Kurram Agency that had been enforced on the residents in the area for the last four years. The elders said that there were elements, which were instigating the already hurt Turi and Bangash tribes to stage a revolt against the government that was unable to protect the lives of the people including women and children. They asked the government to recover forthwith more than 35 passengers abducted by militants on March 25 while they were on way to Parachinar.
 

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Our correspondent
Thursday, April 07, 2011
 
PARACHINAR: The Turi and Bangash elders in upper tehsil of Kurram Agency on Wednesday asked the grand jirga, which had brokered the peace accord, to take action against the violators of the agreement.

Addressing a jirga of the two tribes on Wednesday, the elders including Yousaf Turi, Shabbir Bangash and others said if the political administration, elders of both the sects forming the grand jirga and the government failed to address their concerns, they would take action against the violators of the peace deal on their own.

They said 40 passengers kidnapped by militants were still untraced while 16 were killed and 24 others injured in the recent spate of violence against the passengers on Parachinar-Sadda-Thall Road.

They asked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor and the federal government to take decisive steps against militancy in the area as Kurram Agency was bleeding for the last four years and the government was guilty of criminal negligence for failing to establish peace in the area.


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Wednesday, April 06, 2011
 
HANGU: Two militants were killed and two others sustained injuries in a clash between two groups of militants in Bagan area of Kurram Agency, official and local sources said on Tuesday. 

The sources said that Commander Noor Muhammad and a militant Fazal Mehmood, belonging to Masozai tribe, were on their way to Sadda from Bagan in a pickup truck when their vehicle was ambushed by militants from rival Commander Noor Jamal alias Mulla Toofan group on Jharali Road in the lower Kurram valley. 

The sources said that Commander Noor Muhammad and his lieutenant Fazal Mehmood were killed and two other militants sustained injuries in the clash. Noor Jamal group and militants belonging to the Masozai tribe had been fighting to secure the leadership of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in Kurram for the last several months

 

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No peace in Kurram

By Hasan Khan | From the Newspaper
THE government of Pakistan and its strategic planners in the security establishment do not appear interested in peace in the strategically important Kurram tribal agency. This is the popular perception among the region’s Shias and Sunnis after the eruption of a fresh wave of violence.
The views seem to be grounded in reality, otherwise the government would not so easily have squandered the opportunity for peace after the warring sects signed a peace accord on Feb 3.
The tribal elders from other regions of Fata, who were part of the grand tribal jirga that succeeded in formulating the peace accord, are also questioning the government’s failure to exploit the chance to bring lasting peace to this violence-prone region. The crucial issue for everybody, whether Shia, Sunni or tribal elder, is the government’s failure to secure the Thall-Parachinar highway so that the residents of upper, lower and central Kurram can commute freely.
The Thall-Parachinar road is the lifeline of the Kurram Agency, and the jirga earnestly urged the government to secure this road by increasing the number of check posts, particularly at places such as Chappari, Mandori, Ochatt, Baggan and Alizai where both Shias and Sunnis are being killed or kidnapped. At the time the peace accord was signed in Islamabad, Interior Minister Rehman Malik assured the jirga that the government would re-establish its surrendered writ in Kurram Agency.
Following the truce, peace seemed to be achievable. Unbelievably, however, both the government and the security forces wasted this opportunity very early. Arriving at a peace agreement between Shias and Sunnis took years of hectic efforts by the grand jirga. Economic losses aside, violence in the region had already extracted a heavy toll, killing more than 2,000 and injuring another 4,000 people, with hundreds of thousands more displaced.
Shias and Sunnis showed excitement in welcoming the jirga elders at Chappari post — the entry to Kurram Agency — on Feb 3. This marked the symbolic opening of the Thall-Parachinar road that has remained closed for years. The celebration at Chappari was replicated at other places by Shias and Sunnis jointly, negating the idea that Shias and Sunnis were killing each other for faith-based reasons.
Local militants also jumped on the peace bandwagon. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Kurram commander, Fazal Saeed, extended support to the accord and warned that in case of any violations, the TTP would first ask the political administration and jirga to take action, and failing that would consider itself justified in punishing the side violating the agreement.
There was also the impression that Afghan Taliban leader Siraj Haqqani was instrumental in bringing the warring sects to the negotiation table. The militant group, which perceived Shias as heretics, asked the Shias of upper and lower Kurram to use the roads, including the vital Thall-Parachinar road, without fear. Many believed that the TTP was expecting windfall benefits from the accord.
Come March 5 and the accord was violated. On March 13, there was another violation at Mamo Khwar of tehsil Thall when militants killed 11 passengers and left several others injured. On March 25, yet another convoy was attacked and 13 passengers were killed, eight were injured and another 45 were abducted by suspected militants in the Baggan area.
The government acted as a spectator. The abduction of 45 people is not a single man’s job, yet the abducted and their abductors managed to vanish into thin air. Locals believe that this could not have happened without the connivance of the government and the security forces.
The fundamental questions remain unanswered: why did the militants retaliate so early and why have the government and the security forces maintained such a criminal silence? A senior member of the jirga confided that in order to elicit the support of the TTP Kurram commander, Fazal Saeed, for the accord, the government tacitly agreed to release one of his close relatives and allow his petrol pump businesses to be reopened. Honouring this commitment has been delayed for unknown reasons.
The militants were also expecting more benefits, particularly from the Shias of upper Kurram, in return for promising them safe passage on the Thall-Parachinar road. They wanted the Shias to allow safe passage to militants into the areas in Afghanistan known as the Khost Bowl and up in the north in Tora Bora. Taliban commander Siraj Haqqani’s forces are operating primarily out of the Khost Bowl, including Paktika, Paktia and Khost.
Shias are in the majority in upper Kurram with access to all the strategic routes, including the Malikili-Kharlachi route, the Parachinar-Terimangal route leading to the Khost Bowl and the third route leading to Tora Bora via Zairan and Malanah.
Those keeping an eye on the conflict across the Durand Line believe that the Nato/US announcement regarding the withdrawal of troops has also put regional powers in a new situation. These regional powers — particularly Pakistan — have started preparing for the post-2014 Afghanistan.
The Kurram tribal agency is highly prone to violence in the name of sectarianism, and this phenomenon has been used during the prolonged Afghan conflict by those playing double games. It constitutes strategic ground for the militants and is called the ‘parrot beak’, going deep into Afghanistan and thus providing militants easy access to areas such as the Khost Bowl.
It is acknowledged that some quarters in Pakistan’s security establishment are still sticking to the infamous ‘strategic depth’ policy in Afghanistan. In the emerging Afghan scenario, the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar does not dance to the tune of the Pakistani establishment. And instead of banking all out on Omar, ‘strategic depth’ proponents are keeping the Haqqani card — an influential Taliban commander in the south and southeast of Afghanistan — very close to their chest.
Easy access to the Khost Bowl is the top priority of the Pakistani security establishment, and upper Kurram, dominated by Shias, has all the access routes. If supported by the Shia population, not only will militants have more space in Pakistan’s tribal territories, it would also provide easier access to Khost Bowl for others fighting the US/Nato forces.
Many believe that the Shia community’s denial of benefits to militants and the Taliban led to the government using delaying tactics in taking action against those who violated the accord. The government also delayed the resettlement, as per the agreement, of thousands of displaced families, both Shia and Sunni, as it kept waiting for cooperation from the Shias.
The writer is the director of news and current affairs at Khyber TV.

 

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Why Are Peace Deals So Difficult To Keep In Pakistan’s Tribal Areas?

In March, Kurram elders spread carpets on the snow and listened to poetry competitions in which poets rejecting the extreme way to Islam sang odes to peace.
In March, Kurram elders spread carpets on the snow and listened to poetry competitions in which poets rejecting the extreme way to Islam sang odes to peace.
April 05, 2011
By Majeed BabarCharles Recknagel
It doesn’t take much to undermine a peace accord in Pakistan’s tribal area.

The most recent example is the peace deal in Kurram Agency, which has a long history of Shi’ite and Sunni sectarian conflicts now compounded by the presence of extremist Sunni Taliban.

Tribal elders have invested hours of negotiations to bring the agency’s warring parties to the peace table and end sectarian clashes that have sent hundreds of thousands of people fleeing into camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in other parts of Pakistan.

A key part of the deal has been promises of millions of dollars of compensation for those who have lost their relatives, property, or possessions in the upheavals. The promises have convinced many IDPs to return home and try to make a new start.

In March, the efforts seemed to have finally created a durable peace deal. Many villages celebrated with cultural events that gathered rival leaders peacefully together for the first time in years. Elders spread carpets on the snow and listened to poetry competitions in which poets rejecting the extreme way to Islam sang odes to peace.

“I don’t need paradise, [and angels] but I need torches of light to dispel this darkness,” said one poet, Yousaf Maranj, refuting Taliban promises to young men that suicide bombing will give them instant entry to paradise.

Broken Peace

But now this carefully crafted accord appears to be in jeopardy over incidents whose small scale only illustrates the enormity of the task of maintaining any peace for long in this volatile region.

Displaced children wait for aid at a distribution center in Sadda in Kurram Agency in July 2010.

Most recently, 12 gunmen opened fire on a caravan of three vehicles carrying members of a Shi’ite tribe from Peshawar to the Kurram Agency city of Parachinar. The ambush, near the city of Bagan, killed eight people on the spot and wounded five others who died later in hospital. 

The gunmen locked up the remaining 35 passengers in two of the coaches and disappeared with them. Since then they have released just seven people — all women and children — while holding the others hostage in an unknown location.

Shi’ite tribal leaders in Kurram say they know the identity of the attackers and their motives. “Everybody feels sorry, but nobody is telling the truth,” says Sajid Hussain Turi, a parliament deputy from the Kurram tribal area. 

“The truth is that militants, the Taliban, the groups belonging to Hakimullah Mehsud, Fazal Said Haqqani, and Mullah Noor — all of them are responsible for the failure of this truce,” Turi tells RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal. “The government knows them and is in a position to start operations against them, but the security forces are not willing to root them out, and we don’t know why.”

Exacerbating Divisions

To many, the Taliban is the most likely suspect for two reasons. First, those killed belonged to the Turi tribe in the Kurram region, whose people have blocked Taliban militants from using their territory to cross into Afghanistan. Second, it is the Taliban that currently stands the most to gain from the chronic outbreaks of communal violence in Kurram. 

Over recent months, the Taliban has increasingly moved into Kurram to avoid drone attacks in their strongholds of North and South Waziristan. At the same time, Kurram has become a key Taliban corridor for shuttling fighters and material from bases in central Orakzai district to attack the NATO supply lines that move through the Khyber Pass to Afghanistan. 

The Kurram tribal area has sectarian tensions that predate the Taliban but the Taliban has proved particularly effective at stoking them for its own ends. 

Decades ago, Sunni and Shi’a lived side-by-side peacefully but this began to break down in the 1980s when former Pakistani dictator Muhammad Zia ul-Haq began allowing ethnic- and sectarian-based political parties. This made it easier for him to control a divided society but resulted in the forming of militant groups that attacked each other and secular figures.

For decades, Kurram Agency seemed generally resistant to such sectarian violence except for security alerts during the annual observance of Ashura, when Shi’ite faithful hold public processions. Instead, the feuding took such forms as sectarian rivalries to build the tallest minarets. But with arrival of the Taliban after the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States, the rivalries turned lethal.

Central Government Failure

Today, the main cities of Kurram Agency have seen the majority sect chase out the minority one, not only creating IDPs but also a siege mentality on both sides. The Sunnis control the main highway over which supplies move to all parts of Kurram and periodically ambush buses carrying Shi’a. The Shi’a, in turn, divert water that passes through their territories so it does not reach the Sunni areas.

By law, the Pakistan government is responsible for keeping roads in the tribal areas open and for assuring that resources are shared. But while Islamabad was able to do so with the support of tribal leaders when tribal society was intact, it finds it hard to do so today, even with military deployments. Since 2006, more than 937 tribal leaders have been targeted and killed both by the Taliban and by Pakistani intelligence agencies across the tribal areas, shattering the region’s traditional social structures. 

In an effort to push the government to act, the Shi’ite community decided after last month’s ambush near Bagan to launch a “social boycott” of Islamabad. The Turi tribe said it would withhold payments on utilities until the attackers were caught and the hostages freed. “We decided that we will not have any links and business with the government, until our hostages are freed,” parliament deputy Turi says.

Promises Not Kept

Still, the failure to arrest the attackers is not the only thing people in Kurram see as Islamabad’s lack of support for the peace accord.

Equally problematic is the government’s slowness to deliver on its promises of financial compensation for victims of past violence in Kurram Agency. Many local leaders were able to argue successfully for peace by convincing more combative followers that there would be clear and immediate economic awards. 

The government of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani promised up to 1.5 billion rupees (some $17.5 million) to help the rehabilitation of displaced persons — both Shi’ite and Sunni. The compensation process was to have begun on March 5. 

Weeks later, the money has yet to be delivered. “They need to build their homes and those who lost their loved ones have to be paid, and so do those who have been injured,” says Malik Waris Khan Afridi, chief of the Grand Jirga of Peace for Kurram. “Only then will the local people trust the jirga and believe that the truce is working.”

Afridi adds that the government has now promised that the money will be paid in the next few days but that it has yet to provide any explanation for its delays.

Meanwhile, the newly appointed governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Masud Kausar, who is also responsible for all of the tribal area, says the roads in Kurram Agency are well secured, despite the recent ambush. He said last week that he would soon drive to Kurram to show the roads were open.

The question now is whether Islamabad can move quickly enough to provide its promised support before further outbreaks of tension undermine its ability to still rescue the peace deal. Prior to the accord, violence in Kurram reached levels that Islamabad was only barely able to rein in.

 

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Ten schoolchildren kidnapped in Kurram released

Over 60 people have been kidnapped from the area during the past few days. — Photo by AFP

The children were abducted in lower Kurram’s Baggan area and had been shifted to an unknown location by the kidnappers.
PARACHINAR: The 10 school children who were abducted earlier today in the northwestern tribal region of Kurram were freed on Saturday after a local jirga negotiated with militants for their release, DawnNews reported.
They were released after negotiations were held between the jirga and insurgents.
Over 60 people have been kidnapped in the area during the past few days.
Kurram is located near the Afghan border. Many Taliban militants escaping a Pakistan army operation in the nearby Orakzai tribal region are believed to have fled there.

Militants abduct, free 10 students

PARACHINAR – The 10 matric students who were abducted earlier on Saturday morning in the tribal region of Kurram Agency were freed after a local jirga negotiated with the militants for their release.
According to Jirga sources, the children were abducted in lower Kurram agency in Baggan area and had been shifted to an unidentified place by the kidnappers.They were released after negotiations were held between the jirga and militants.
Ten Matric students of government school were kidnapped by armed men from the Bagan area of Lower Kurram Agency on Saturday.
Sources said that armed militants kidnapped the students in the Bagan area when they were returning home after appearing in an examination paper. This was the second major incident in the same area where militants had attacked a convoy of the locals escorted by security forces and had kidnapped around 60 people of Shia sect about a week ago.
Due to increase in the militant activities in the area millions of people have abandoned the use the main route from Parachinar to Peshawar through Tall area and locals were also facing acute shortage of commodities of daily use.
The government had arranged a truce between the Shia and Sunni sects sometime back who usually remain at dragger drawn. Locals said the latest incidents of kidnappings were clear violation of the truce and feared that these would lead to more bloodshed between the two sects. – Agencies

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Ten schoolchildren kidnapped in Kurram released

Over 60 people have been kidnapped from the area during the past few days. — Photo by AFP

PARACHINAR: The 10 school children who were abducted earlier today in the northwestern tribal region of Kurram were freed on Saturday after a local jirga negotiated with militants for their release, DawnNews reported.
The children were abducted in lower Kurram’s Baggan area and had been shifted to an unknown location by the kidnappers.
They were released after negotiations were held between the jirga and insurgents.
Over 60 people have been kidnapped in the area during the past few days.
Kurram is located near the Afghan border. Many Taliban militants escaping a Pakistan army operation in the nearby Orakzai tribal region are believed to have fled there

 
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The Express Tribune

10 students kidnapped in Hangu

Published: April 2, 2011
The students belonged to Kurram and had taken their exams at a centre set up in Hangu.
HANGU: Ten students were kidnapped from the Bagan area of District Hangu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday.
Sources said the students belonged to Kurram Agency and had taken their Matriculation exams at the center set up in Hangu due to the unrest in Kurram.
They had been on their way home in their vehicle when unidentified men abducted them, along with their vehicle from the Bagan area.
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Ten students kidnapped in Kurram, Clash in Landi Kotal kills 4

PESHAWAR – 2nd April 2011 (6 hours ago)
By Umair Anwar
At least four people including two commanders were killed in an armed clash between two banned organizations in Landi Kotal on Saturday.
According to initial reports, the clash erupted in Bazar Daka Khel of Landi Kotal, Khyber Agency. Four people including two commanders were killed in the clash.
On the other hand, unknown armed men kidnapped ten students of primary school in Bagan area of Lower Kurram Agency.

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Daily Times
Thursday, March 31, 2011
COMMENT: More misery in Kurram —Dr Mohammad Taqi

As US pressure mounts on Pakistan to take action against the Haqqanis in North Waziristan, the need to relocate the jihadist assets to safe bases in Kurram has now become urgent

It had taken the Talib terrorist Nek Muhammad Wazir one day to renege on his April 2004 Shakai Treaty with the Pakistan Army. The September 2006 Miranshah Agreement between the Pakistani state and the warlords in North Waziristan lasted 10 months before the militants repudiated the deal in July 2007. The March 2007 deal between the government and the Taliban in Bajaur Agency was literally a nonstarter but was really dead by August of 2007. Then came the mother of all deals when, in May 2008, the Pakistani state inked the agreement with the murderous hordes of Mullah Fazlullah in Swat. While the people of Malakand knew from the word go that the Pakistani state had merely capitulated and there was no ‘agreement’ as such, the deal officially fell apart in April 2009. 

And here we are again: yet another peace agreement with the murderers lies in tatters on the Thall-Parachinar road. The peace accord between the various tribes of the Kurram Agency, held under the auspices of Khalil Haqqani of the Haqqani terrorist network, Pakistan’s Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik and, of course, the best-in-the-world intelligence agency, took less than two months to unravel. 

On March 25, 2011, three minibuses were on their way from Peshawar to Parachinar in the Upper Kurram Agency when they came under attack from terrorists who opened fire on the first vehicle. First, three men were asked to disembark and were then shot dead on the roadside. The terrorists boarded the vehicle and shot 10 others at point-blank range. The following two (three according to media reports) minibuses stopped as the driver of the lead vehicle panicked and attempted to leave. Forty-five passengers (the exact number remains unknown) were taken hostage by the gunmen. By one account, these hapless people were taken to North Waziristan. The terrorists then released 13 or 15 women and children, who were subsequently driven in a pickup vehicle to the FC fort in Thall. The majority of these men, women and children belong to the Shia Toori tribe.

The Toori convoy had entered Kurram Agency from the Chapari checkpost through the Thall tehsil of Hangu district. The Baggan area where the attack and abductions took place is about three miles from the Chapari checkpost inside Kurram Agency. It is pertinent to note that Baggan has remained a hotbed of Taliban activity and a source of revenue for the militants, sending monetary proceeds from the village fairs to Taliban groups in the Orakzai Agency next door. 

The MNA from Upper Kurram, Sajid Toori, has held the government and security forces responsible for the attack, and rightly so. The peace deal notwithstanding, it is perplexing, to say the least, that the government agencies would not escort a convoy that was a potential target for the terrorists, especially at night, when this particular attack happened. This is not the first time that the Toori tribesmen have come under attack after the February 3, 2011 peace deal. A few weeks ago, armed men from North Waziristan kidnapped 20 Shia residents of Kurram, whose whereabouts remain unknown to date. 

Sajid Toori is not that off the mark in his claim because this would not be the first time that the people of Upper Kurram have been targeted on the Pakistan Army’s watch. In January this year, a convoy of 24 trucks carrying food supplies, medicines and provisions for Upper Kurram was looted and then torched near the village Durrani, near Sadda in Lower Kurram. The Kurramis hold a Colonel Sajjad responsible for this attack on the convoy, which, ostensibly, was under the protection of the Kurram militia, to bring them to the negotiating table with the Taliban-Haqqani network.

While no militant group has taken responsibility for the present attack as yet, fingers are being pointed at the Taliban, especially at a group led by a Fazl-e-Saeed who hails from Uchat village in Lower Kurram. Sections of the media have reported that the Mangal tribe is supporting the Taliban and their overlords, the Haqqanis. The relationship of the Haqqanis with the Mangals is rather well known since the very start of the Taliban scourge in this part of FATA. Pockets of population in the Pir Qayyum area, near Sadda in Lower Kurram, were some of the earliest supporters of the Haqqani network. 

I had noted last month that the Pir Qayyum, Sateen and Shasho camp in Lower Kurram are active bases operated by the Haqqanis and the Taliban and free use of these facilities was never a problem for them. However, what they really need is an unhindered access to their bases in Tari Mangal, Mata Sangar (a reported hideout of Siraj Haqqani), Makhrani, Wacha Darra and Spina Shaga in Upper Kurram to launch attacks into Afghanistan during the upcoming summer fighting. Spina Shaga is also supposed to be a confluence point between Gulbuddin Hikmetyar and the Haqqani network, and massive activity has been reported at the compounds there in recent months. 

As US pressure mounts on Pakistan to take action against the Haqqanis in North Waziristan, it has got both the Haqqanis and the Pakistani security establishment concerned. The need to relocate the jihadist assets to safe bases in Kurram has now become urgent but the pace of developments in Kurram in the post-peace accord phase has not been to the liking of the establishment and its militant allies. While the Toori-Bangash tribes of Upper Kurram had agreed to a peace deal with other Kurramis, they never did offer any guarantees of free movement of the Haqqanis and Hizb-e-Islami across the Afghan border.

After battering the Kurramis one more time, the ‘chief-negotiator’ Khalil Haqqani has been inducted back into action on the pretext of ironing things out and salvaging the peace accord. He has now been conducting meetings with the Kurramis in Peshawar at Jan Hotel on Kohat Road. The deep state, through its jihadist proxies, has thus decided to ‘prod’ the Tooris into moving things along, and fast. 

As far as the deep state is concerned, the Kurram peace agreement was never designed to bring harmony between the Shia and Sunni tribes of Kurram. Like all the aforementioned agreements, the Kurram peace deal too is a tactical manoeuvre in the establishment’s strategy of hedging its bets in post-US Afghanistan. And, just like all previous agreements with the jihadists, this agreement — even if salvaged — will leave the Taliban strengthened and will mean more misery for Kurram. 

The writer can be reached at mazdaki@me.com 

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

PARACHINAR: The Turi-Bangash tribal jirga has demanded the army to play their due role in maintaining peace in Kurram Agency and protecting the lives of the citizens who were being victimised by the militants in the tribal region. 

A large number of elders belonging to the Turi and Bangash tribes residing in the upper tehsil of Kurram Agency attended the jirga and asked the army to take stern action against those killing unarmed innocent civilians. 

Speaking on the occasion, the elders including Yousaf Turi, Muhammad Hasan, Shabir Bangash and others said it was the prime responsibility of the government and the security establishment to protect the lives and properties of the people. 

They said the government, however, kept complete mum over the poor law and order for the last four years and watched militancy silently when it was taking firm roots in the lower parts of Kurram Agency. They said the security forces while taking steps for durable peace in Kurram Agency must protect the road from Hangu to the Kurram Agency headquarters.


 

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The Express Tribune

8 killed in Kurram Agency

Published: March 31, 2011
Three militant hideouts destroyed as security forces bombarded the Chinarak area in Hangu. PHOTO: FILE/APP
Security killed eight militants and injured several others in clashes in central Kurram agency on Thursday.
Three militant hideouts were also destroyed as security forces bombarded the Chinarak area in Hangu.
Heavy cache of arms and ammunitions were recovered during search operations in the area.
Operations continued in the area as the forces tried to restore peace and stability to the region.


 GEO Pakistan

 Eight militants killed in Kurram Agency

 Updated at: 1005 PST,  Thursday, March 31, 2011
Eight militants killed in Kurram Agency PARACHINAR: At least eight militants were killed and three of their hideouts destroyed in the shelling of security forces in Kurram Agency, Geo News reported on Thursday.

According to sources, the security forces carried out shelling in Ali Sherzai, Chanarak and Spirkat of Central Kurram Agency resulting three hideouts of the militants were destroyed and eight militants killed.

 
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Eight militants killed in Kurram Agency

Updated at 1005 PST Thursday, March 31, 2011
 
PARACHINAR: At least eight militants were killed and three of their hideouts destroyed in the shelling of security forces in Kurram Agency, Geo News reported on Thursday.

According to sources, the security forces carried out shelling in Ali Sherzai, Chanarak and Spirkat of Central Kurram Agency resulting three hideouts of the militants were destroyed and eight militants killed.


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