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Effort to Install Taliban Government in Afghan-Pak Tribal Areas

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Taliban are reemerging in the landscape of world politics as Pakistan has started negotiation with them through some tribal elders or maliks. According to reports, Pakistan has been urging the Taliban to stop fighting against the government forces in tribal areas. In return they will be given a share in the government.

Some of the reports say that the government of Pakistan has offered huge amounts to the Taliban for stopping fighting. The people of the tribal areas, the victims of double standard politics for a long time, are helplessly watching the situation unable to do anything. If they say something they are being sent to jails or even killed.

The government of Pakistan has closed the tribal areas for national and international journalists as it was busy in an ugly game in the areas.

NWFP governor Ali Muhammad Jan Orakzai, who is himself a tribal, has been heading the campaign. It is interesting to note that the same gentle manwas the crops commanders when Pakistan moved troops to tribal areas for purging the the areas of foreign terrorists. Now he is the governor at the time when negotiation is being held with terrorists and Taliban.

Most of the tribesmen have been asking the question, "Why are the religious fanatics being imposed on them?" Educated and enlighted elements in the tribal areas are being pushed to the wall.

The governor has started visits to tribal areas where he is wooing the tribesmen to accept the Taliban.

During a speech the governor said that peace was the foremost requirement and urged the tribesmen to cooperate with the govt. in this regard. He particularly referred to the negative perceptions created about FATA and stressed the tribesmen to remove this stigma of dishonor, which was in fact bringing a bad name to even the peaceful, loyal and sensible tribesmen.

Under the law of the land Frontier Crime Regulation (FCR), the tribal areas affairs will be run by the elders and maliks. But the government has not been abiding by this law which caused deterioration of conditions in the areas.

There are reports that the Taliban have been recruiting the tribesmen to be used as suicide bombers, but no attention is being given to the issue.

Most of the tribesmen have demanded of the United States to take notice of the injustice being made with them. The tribesmen are capable to flush out the terrorists and foreign elements from their soil if they are given the chance.

According to a tribal elder, it is better to tackle this issue at this point otherwise it will furthur spoil the situation in the world. There are still some terrorists in the tribal areas who are planning terrorist attacks in the world.
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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur District, 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 (more...)

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