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Efforts under way for permanent ceasefire in Kurram

 Efforts under way for permanent ceasefire in Kurram

Friday, July 03, 2009

By our correspondent

PARACHINAR: After truce between the warring tribes in Kurram Agency on Wednesday, the political administration on Thursday deliberated measures with the elders in a Jirga to defuse tension and maintain durable peace in the area.

Sources said the administration discussed at length a permanent cessation of hostilities and the establishment of peace in Kurram Agency in the jirga. The elders, while pledging cooperation to the political administration, urged the government to make concrete and precise efforts as the agency had suffered sectarian violence for a long time. They said all and sundry were affected due to the closure of the roads and the blood shedding.

Addressing the Jirga, political agent Arshad Majeed Momand said the security forces had been deployed in the Balishkhel, Khwar Killay and Laki Ser to ensure ceasefire between the rival tribes. He added that the deployment of the security forces in Parachamkani and Karman area was underway.

Meanwhile, shops and were opened as the ceasefire was announced after 16-days of fighting in Sadda areas of Lower Kurram. However, the supply of electricity to the area was yet to be restored.



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