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The people of the tribal areas are again in the control of terrorists, but this time their style is different, as now, they have been fighting against foreigners and Taliban.

According to the people of the tribal areas, the rulers, in the name of war on terrorism, have been staging drama. They question why the government has given the task to the Taliban or terrorists to fight against their colleagues.

Many of thetribesmen are of the opinion that the rulers of Pakistan have been doing all this for minting money. The rulers have been trying to divert the attention of the US Congress and Senate that are in the control of the Democrats. The Democrats move to stop funding to the government of Pakistan has great effect on the Pakistan politics. The tribesmen think that this is the correct way of controlling terrorism.

According to reports, violence has engulfed the whole tribal areas. A report said that At least 15 people were killed when a lashkar attacked Jilamai and Chardewal villages in the Lower Kurram Agency and set houses on fire.

A large number of people were injured and some of them were taken to the Alizai hospital. Villagers ran for their lives after flames enveloped their homes. Security forces reached the villages and opened on rioters. Several houses in the villages have been completely gutted.

Residents alleged that the assailants were trained militants from the nearby North Waziristan Agency. An official in Alizai confirmed five dead and six wounded in the attack on the villages. An eyewitness said that 15 bodies, including that of a woman, had been counted on the outskirts of the villages.

Officials said that 25 people had been killed and scores others wounded in heavy fighting between rival groups in different areas of the Kurram Agency on Tuesday night and Wednesday. The political administration has confirmed 35 died in the riots.

The Parachinar town was under curfew for the sixth consecutive day on Wednesday. City’s hospitals continued to receive wounded. Situation in Sadda town was also alarming and the local hospital received a large number of injured people.

Three people were killed and six others wounded when troops fired artillery rounds near Sadda, where some combatants refused to vacate their positions, an official said. Political Agent Sahibzada Mohammad Anis said that a ceasefire had been brokered between rival groups in Sadda-Balshikhel, Malikhel-Boshara and Alizai-Bagan on Wednesday. Reports of sporadic firing between the people of Alizai and Bagan were also received.

The officials said that a jirga of elders from Hangu district, headed by former district Nazim Pir Haider Ali Shah and Syed Hussain Ali Shah, arrived in the area and brokered a truce between rival groups in Alizai and Sadda areas.

In Shalozan Tangi, abutting on the Afghan border, four people were killed. In Shoblan village, one woman was killed and two children were wounded when their house was hit by a rocket. A rocket hit a house in Almsher village killing a woman.

A prominent journalist of Peshawar Ismail Khan reports from Wana, the headquarter of South Waziristan Agency, Pakistani security forces operating in the South Waziristan tribal region have made a three-tier security deployment to stop cross-border infiltration by militants into Afghanistan, a senior military commander said here . He also said that Pakistan would shortly commence fencing of its borders along a 12-km stretch with Afghanistan to 'choke off’ cross-border infiltration.

“No regular movement is taking place between South Waziristan and Bermal of Afghanistan. It is very less; if at all there is any movement. If someone proves it through satellite imagery, I am responsible,” Major Gen Gul Muhammad told a group of Pakistani and foreign journalists visiting the region.

Mr Gul, who commands Pakistani troops operating in most of the tribal region straddling the Pakistan-Afghan border, said he had made what he described as 'coercive deployment’ of troops to stop cross-border infiltration.

He said that Pakistani forces had set up 33 check-posts along South Waziristan’s borders with Afghanistan, conducting regular patrolling, mostly through the night and sharing information with western forces across the border.

The troops operating in the border region had also imposed a night curfew in a stretch of three kilometres to check cross-border movement. “Nobody can go out or come in during that time.”

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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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