Kurram tribe denies cooperation with govt
Monday, November 02, 2009

PESHAWAR: Elders of the Zaimusht tribe in Kurram Agency have rejected reports that they have agreed to extend cooperation to the administration without acceptance of their demands.

Malik Khalilur Rahman, an elder of the tribe, told The News from Sadda in Kurram Agency that he and other tribal elders had met the assistant political agent and discussed the issues but the Zaimusht tribe had not yet taken any decision to cooperate with the government. “We told the government officials that we would consult our tribe and then make a decision,” he said.

Elders from the Zaimusht tribe wondered why television channels were reporting on Sunday that they had made the decision to extend cooperation to the government. They said the tribe had genuine grievances and those must be addressed before cooperation could be extended to the administration.

The Zaimusht tribe lives in Sadda and in roadside villages all the way up to Chapri, the place where the limits of Hangu district end and Kurram Agency begins. The government is keen to have the road from Hangu to Parachinar passing through reopened with the cooperation of the Sunni tribes living in the area. The road was closed more than two years ago and the Shia population living in Upper Kurram has to travel through Afghanistan to reach Parachinar and other villages in the area. Deployment of troops is also an option if talks failed to reopen the road.

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