Following the successful completion of an army operation against a band of militants in the region, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited the Kurram Agency on Thursday, according to a military press release.
Operation Koh-e-Sufaid had been launched to clear the area of militants whose fighting had increased the incidence of sectarian killings, kidnapping, and extortion in the agency, according to the military.
The militants had blocked the Tal-Parachinar highway, Kurram’s only connection to the outside world. It is unclear if the highway is operational at this stage.
With the military’s success, it is expected that the Murree Accord – a peace agreement to end four years of conflict between Kurram’s Sunnis and Shias – will be implemented. Gen Kayani also interacted with the troops at Mandan and Manato.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2011.