Tribal areas: Jirga held for launching political process in tribal areas

Published: July 5, 2011

Tribal members of the Loya Jirga from across the country attend a meeting in Peshawar. The members gathered to discuss local and tribal issues as well as the US drone attacks in Pakistan. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: 

In a bid to bring tribesmen into mainstream politics, a grand jirga of all political parties was organised by the Jamaat-i-Islami for launching a political process in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

The main issue discussed by the jirga participants was “the so-called war on terror with undertones of a World War III that has ruined life in the tribal areas”.

Speakers stressed that political parties should be given the right to operate in Fata under the Political Parties Act of 2002. They also urged the government to extend the law to the tribal areas. The jirga also called for stopping drone strikes.

Highlighting that “even the US has chalked out a plan to negotiate peace with Taliban”, the resolution said that military operations in Fata should be stopped immediately.

The jirga members agreed that tribesmen should not be forced to form lashkars and internally-displaced persons should be provided with adequate and timely compensation. In addition, the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) should be abolished and people arrested in ‘search operations’ should be either released or presented before courts.

The jirga also called for extending the domain of the provincial assembly over the tribal belt, besides urging the Supreme Court to take suo motu action on massive corruption in the Fata Secretariat and the political administration.

Leaders of almost all major political parties attended the jirga, including Akhunzada Chattan from Bajaur, Ijaz Mohmand of the Fata Lawyers’ Forum, Jalil Jan of the JUI-F and Sheikh Amanullah, Tajuddin Khan of the ANP. Several tribal elders and journalists also attended the jirga.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2011.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Waqas Dilawar
    Jul 4, 2011 - 5:15PM

    We are with these gentlemen who are suffering from last 10 years. Please shout with them so that it is heard.Recommend

  • Safir afkhan.
    Jul 4, 2011 - 6:53PM

    There is two diffrent worlds in pakistan upper rich think they are untouchable and lower
    poor class to no body care and listen and this mentality is the result of living under kings
    and raj and with bunya i mean if hindus does these things then why we muslim do the
    same with hindus even in lahore before 1947 hindu and muslims had seprate water well
    and hotels after living centuries together still exist those things in india and in pakistan.Recommend

  • Tribal
    Jul 5, 2011 - 12:24AM

    “Grand tribal jirga demands end to drone strikes, military operations”

    Did they not demand an end to the suicide attacks and target killing of their elders?

    NO?

    Then its not grand tribal Jirga. Its just another Jamat e Islami get together.

    Hypocrites! If killing of the tribal people is what bothers them, they should demand and end to both the drone strikes and military ops, and the havoc brought by the militants in the region too.Recommend

  • sajjad
    Jul 5, 2011 - 12:25PM

    just an ordinary meeting called by Jumate Isalmi, the war mongers…every tribal must have said what the Jumatis and Taliban would have dictated them before….no one has uttered a single word against the Taliban…and i dare them to.Recommend

  • Jul 5, 2011 - 3:56PM

    It could only be truely representative Pashtoon Jarge if it’s not called a religious party. They are the cause of the current day crises and killings.Recommend

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