Thursday, March 24, 2011

Action urged against Kurram peace deal violators

PARACHINAR: Local leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) on Wednesday urged the governor to take action against the militants violating the Kurram peace agreement.

Speaking at a press conference, Senior Vice-President of PML-Q Youth Wing (Fata) Ashtar Ali Turi, Israr Hussain and others said the militants were trying to sabotage the nascent peace accord by attacking passenger vehicles on the Thall-Parachinar Road and other routes in Kurram tribal region.

"The attacks on passenger vehicles are highly deplorable. It speaks volumes about the failure of the government to implement the peace deal," Ashtar Ali Turi said, adding that the militants were bent upon vitiating peace in Kurram. He said the tribesmen welcomed the peace deal as it had put an end to their miseries. "We had assured the government and grand tribal jirga of our cooperation in the implementation of the peace accord but the militants started targeting Turi tribesmen to sabotage it," he added. 

He said eleven persons were killed and scores of others injured in attacks on passenger coaches in Doaba town and Thall tehsil in Hangu district. "Several tribesmen have been kidnapped. Those involved in the attacks and kidnapping incidents have been identified but the authorities are unwilling to take them to task," Ashtar Ali Turi claimed. He said the peace accord would receive a serious setback if the government failed to take stern action against those flouting the agreement.

Militants release 20 Kurram tribesmen; four still missing

Militants release 20 Kurram tribesmen; four still missing

Efforts made by the tribal elders forced militants to free the abducted men.—AP/File photo
PESHAWAR: Militants on Wednesday released 20 people who were kidnapped from Lower Kurram, DawnNews reported.
Militants had kidnapped 24 tribesmen along with their 15 vehicles from the Baggan, Parao and Talokunj areas of Lower Kurram Agency and shifted them to their hideout in the central Kurram on Tuesday.
Efforts made by the tribal elders forced militants to free the abducted men, however, four of them were still missing, said sources.
The political administration has taken notice of the incident and started investigation