Terrorists have succeeded in increasing terror and fear in the tribal areas as they have killed the most popular leader of the Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border. Nawabzada Shamsul Wahab, the scion of the ruling family, was killed through a remote control bomb. There was mourning in the whole agency.
Shams was the son of last Nawab, lord of the agency. His killing has widely been condemned by the tribesmen and they demanded strict action against the terrorists. One his colleagues was also killed in the blast.
According to an earlier report carried by newspapers in Pakistan, Pakistani tribal elders have been threatened with reprisals for attending last week’s talks in Kabul aimed at ending support for Al Qaeda and Taliban militants, officials said on Wednesday.
The landmark tribal council or jirga, involving tribes from both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, pledged to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in their respective tribal regions.
But an anonymous letter sent to elders in the Bajaur tribal area threatened unspecified “action” against them for attending the jirga.
“Your participation at the jirga was not a good decision,” officials quoted the letter as saying. “Action will be taken against you,” it warned.
Security official Adalat Khan said at least four tribal elders in a remote town in the region had received the warnings.
Bajaur district is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in northwest Pakistan.
Reports from other parts of the tribal areas said that militants launched rockets at a security camp in Sheshwal, North Waziristan, on Wednesday, but no loss of life was reported.
The security forces retaliated with attacks on suspected militant hideouts in the nearby mountains with heavy weapons.
Separately, the local administration has lifted the ban on the supply of petrol and diesel, which was imposed for a week.