Nowhere to go: Mehsud tribesmen denounce displacement decision

First jirga of the immigrant tribe in which they condemn the decision of the pro-government Taliban commander.

Zulfiqar Ali December 09, 2012


The uprooted youth of the Mehsud tribe on Saturday denounced the decision of their displacement taken by the Ahmadzai Wazir tribe following a suicide attack on Taliban commander Mullah Nazir in South Waziristan.

This was the first jirga of the immigrant tribe in which they condemned the decision of the pro-government Taliban commander.

They passed a resolution saying Mehsud and Wazir tribes are like two brothers in South Waziristan, and that they expected the Ahmadzai tribe to deal with the displaced Mehsud tribesmen according to tribal customs and traditions.

“The decision is unjust and cruel,” said Jamal Hussain, who presided over the jirga. He added that the youth of both tribes will play their role in defusing prevailing tension and avoiding a widening of the spilt.

Hussain said the Mehsud and Wazir tribes have collectively rendered sacrifices to defend the sovereignty of Pakistan. He said they fought in the 1961 and 1971 wars against the Indian Army, adding the government’s attitude towards them has greatly disappointed the tribes now.

Jamal Hussain

He also criticised the political administration for failing to take any steps to provide relief to scores of displaced families. “The government needs to take immediate steps to provide them with basic facilities in this hour of distress.”

Another youth of the Mehsud tribe, Abdul Majid Lagaree said his tribe wants education, not arms. He maintained the government should implement alternative measures for providing education.

Participants of the Jirga also held a peace walk from Haq Nawaz Park to DI Khan Press Club, carrying banners and placards inscribed with ‘we want peace in Waziristan, we want education: we condemn the war on terror.’

Meanwhile, naib ameer of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, Maulvi Muhammad Hashim said in a news conference in South Waziristan Agency that the government should do its utmost to provide relief to Mehsud tribesmen, who were facing immense problems.

He criticised the political agent of the agency for remaining apathetic to the people’s miseries.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 9th, 2012.

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azadpashtun | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Why are ignorant Pakistanis blaming the whole of Mehsud tribe for the trouble in South Waziristan? Pakistan government supports Taliban factions that wreak havoc in Afghanistan. Why do these patriotic Pakistanis not feel sorry for the innocent people killed across the Durandline. Besides, do you even know what the heck is the Frontier Crimes Regulation? It has been imposed on FATA for over a hundred years and you blame the people of FATA for having resentment against the state of Pakistan? Very rich coming from a class ignorant Pakistanis who have no idea about such things 'collective punishment', having no voting rights until 1997, national assembly members having no power to legislate for FATA itself, the poeple of the tribal areas having no representation in a provincial assembly, Pakistan Army using FATA schools and hospitals as military barracks and posts. I can go on counting the injustices stretching over decades all done when the the tribal areas are constitutionally inferior to the rest of Pakistan. What do you expect except blind and violent resentment. So shut your traps if you don't know the truth about FATA. Can you even tell what FATA means? Another misnomer of the Pakistani establishment for Pashtun territories.

Abdul Rehman from Ladha | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Becasuse of these cruel Mehsud terrorists, whole mehsud tribe has been suffering. I think mehsuds being a "proud tribe" should now realize that they are not their well wishers. They should now stand against them.

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