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US Must Take Direct Control Of Tribal Areas

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Now this is clear to all and sundry that rulers of Pakistan and Afghanistan will never work for ensuring rule of law in tribal areas, which is the only answer to the growing militancy. The corrupt rulers will never favour peace for tribal areas as in that case they will lose justification for keeping themselves in power.

Though there will be people, who will not agree, but the reality is that taking direct control of the tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border by the United States is the only option for securing a victory against terrorism. Now there must be no politics on war. Thousands of people have been in tribal areas during last few years. Victims of this deadly war on terrorism are the innocent people as terrorists are still free and enjoying the life. Half of Bajaur Agency has been destroyed, but most important leaders were given a safe passage by the security forces. Actually the rulers have been using terrorism for getting more dollars from the United States.

Some of the tribal elders have called for an effective operation against terrorists. After the completion of operation a proper system of governance must be evolved for tribal areas.

The deadly suicide bombing in Ekkaghund in Mohmand that left at
least104 people dead was a grim reminder that the fight against
militancy in Pakistan's tribal region was far from over.

Agency, which borders Afghanistan, has seen an uptick in the number of
deadly attacks on security forces in recent weeks, demonstrating the
balloon effect-- if you squeeze it at one place, it pops up at another

The security forces chased and fought militants in the
neighbouring Bajaur Agency, bringing a semblance of peace to a hotbed of
militancy and home to the deputy head of the Tehrik-i-Taliban
Pakistan-- Maulvi Faqir Mohammad.

But security officials now
acknowledge that the militants who had fled across into Afghanistan have
now teamed up with militant commanders Abdul Wali and Qari Shakeel to
launch attacks in the Mohmand tribal region.

Most of these
attacks, officials say, now originate in the border region and while the
security forces are believed to have chalked out their own plan to stem
the flow of militants from across the border, the US-led Nato Eastern
Command has been informed.

But before any plans could be put in
place, the deadly attack on the peace committee from Ambar came.
According to intelligence officials, it was the handiwork of two suicide
bombers. While one struck the other managed to escape.

The Taliban, however, accepting responsibility for the attack, said both the bombers struck, causing death and devastation.

if the recent attacks were any indication, the Friday strike on peace
committee members from Ambar hardly came as a surprise. Indeed, some
security officials say, warnings had been issued.

Setbacks in
recent weeks notwithstanding, the authorities and security forces seemed
encouraged by the unflinching support from the tribe, including the
Uthmankhels from Ambar.

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is also (more...)
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