PESHAWAR: A grand tribal jirga has requested the government to stop unannounced military operations in North Waziristan Agency, Express News reported on Saturday.
After 'successful' talks with the government in Peshawar, the jirga said most factions of the Taliban in North Waziristan have given the jirga a mandate to seek peace in the agency.
Further, the jirga urged all parties to establish peace in accordance to the peace agreement signed in 2006 while continuing efforts to resume peace talks. The jirga also requested for the relaxation of the curfew imposed in the agency.
A joint press release issued by the government and the jirga stated that the jirga will initiate dialogue with various factions of the Taliban upon its return to Bannu.
Earlier on June 6, a heated debate between the 65-member tribal jirga and Peshawar Corps Commander reached the conclusion that tribal elders will play their role in restoring peace in North Waziristan within 15 days.
The jirga comprising 65 elders of Uthmanzai Wazir and Dawar tribes from North Waziristan, led by Haji Sher Muhammad, the successor of the Faqir of Ipi, met with Corps Commander Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani to discuss military action in North Waziristan Agency. It also intended to convince military authorities to normalise the situation in the agency and avoid an operation.
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The grand Jirga is well intentioned but does not understand that there are people that are using them to confuse the armed forces. The armed forces are performing their duty well. However, we must all understand that they are dealing with people who simply want to impose their heinous form of government on Pakistan. If the armed forces intensify their efforts, they will have the support of all Pakistanis who wish to live in a lawful and tolerant Pakistan.
The grand jirga sat back and watched 30,000+ Pakistani civilians die at the hands of these thugs - shame on them - they are part of the problem.
@Radial: whom are we still trying to fool. The army lost war long ago and these terrorist groups are not interested in talking, they will only implement sharia.
The government should cease unannounced operation in N. Waziristan, and instead announce a full scale assault and operation to kill all these scumbags once and for all. Where was this jirga when the TTP were murdering tens of thousands of solutions? The government has no obligation to give any weight to these jirgas which are stocked with taliban sympathizers to begin with.
If the government can impose curfew then why they can go after the militant on the ground instead of bombing innocent people? Very confusing....