Pak tribesmen ban entry of outsiders, set up lashkars to combat Taliban

October 6th, 2008 - 6:16 pm ICT by ANI  


Lahore , Oct 6 (ANI): Local tribesmen in Orakzai Agency have reportedly decided to ban outsiders entry and directed that anyone found providing shelter to outsiders will be shot dead and his house set on fire.

The tribesmen made the announcement during grand jirgas held in their respective areas on Sunday, and also decided to form local lashkars to combat Taliban.

Besides, the Ali Khel jirga also banned the brandishing of arms within the territorial limits of the Agency, the Daily Times quoted a Express News report as saying.

The jirga also instructed men to stop hiding their faces behind large cloths, and constituted a committee to destroy the Taliban training camp in the area.

Meanwhile, the Taliban, which is learnt to have started leaving the area, said that they were leaving the area so that peace could be maintained and it that should not be taken as their weakness.

The report said that the Taliban had vacated a high school building and the Tali Fort in Ali Khel, while also clearing the road to Chapri Feroze Khel.

Meanwhile, thousands of tribal elders and Ulema belonging to the Mandal, Charmang and Mamond tribes in Bajaur Agency announced their full support to the government in restoring peace in the area. (ANI)

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