Members of a grand jirga of the Dawar tribe demanded that the government compensate tribesmen displaced by Operation Zarb-e-Azb and give a timeframe indicating when people will be allowed to return to their homes in North Waziristan.
At least a hundred tribesmen gathered at Bagh-e-Naran in the city on Saturday. The more prominent figures among them were Ahmad Saeed Dawar, Malik Sahrifullah Dawar, Malik Habibullah Dawar, Mailk Gul Habib Dawar, Pir Aqal Jan Dawar and Safdar Dawar.
“The relief efforts have been insufficient,” said Ahmad Saeed Dawar, adding that compensation should be increased for his fellow tribesmen as they have suffered the most in the ongoing military operation. “The Dawar tribe should be compensated as a special case.”
He also said that compensatory funds should be released according to the damage estimates by K-P’s Works and Communication Department.
This was the first grand jirga formed by Dawar tribesmen to present their demands to the government. Previously, a grand jirga led by Haji Sher Muhammad Khan had been formed to restore peace in North Waziristan.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2014.