Pakistani jirga bans tribesmen from sheltering militants
Peshawar: A jirga in the restive Bajaur tribal region of northwest Pakistan on Monday banned tribesmen from providing shelter to suspected militants, foreigners and non-locals.
Anybody found violating the ban will be fined up to Rs 2 million, tribal elders said.
The ban was imposed by elders of Mandal tribe at a jirga or council attended by the top administrator of Bajaur Agency, Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah, senior officials of the local administration and members of village defence committees.
The elders unanimously decided to impose the ban on sheltering suspected militants and foreigners.
Shah said normalcy had been established in the region after the elimination of terrorists but there was no durable peace because of threats from militants.
The elders asked the administration and the federal government to provide a special development package for the Mandal tribe. They said the tribe had made many sacrifices for restoring peace and the writ of the government.
The elders said tribesmen were prepared to meet any challenge and no one would be allowed to affect law and order in the area. New check posts have been established and anti-militant activities have been extended, they said.
The protection of Bajaur Agency from anti-state elements is the responsibility of every citizen, he said. He asked the elders to speed up their anti-militant activities.
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