PARACHINAR: Elders of the Torikhel tribe on Wednesday condemned the detention of Jirga members and demanded of the authorities to stop harassing the Jirga members. Authorities on Tuesday detained 49 members of the Jirga following the failure of negotiations to secure a peace deal between two rival sects in the Hangu district and the Kurram Agency.Elders of the Torikhel tribe, Malik Ali Hussain, Haji Noor Muhammad and Haji Afzal Hussain said the incident had created doubts about the government’s sincerity to restore peace in the region, as it was turning a blind eye to the ongoing clashes in the Pewar area of the agency. They demanded of the authorities to release the elders or the government would be responsible for any law and order problem in the agency.

The NEWS International
22/05/2008

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