Fear of Taliban nixes locals plan to join security force in Pak tribal areas

November 14th, 2007 - 2:15 am ICT by admin  
Sources in the Interior Ministry have said that the plan might not succeed because people from the area are unwilling to join the force, which will be administered by the States and Frontier Regions Ministry.

According to a Daily Times report, the local Taliban has warned the people in the area against joining the force. Also, the US government is yet to provide the promised 38-million-dollar assistance for the project, which was approved a year ago.

The recruitment process is going on in Mohmand and Khyber agencies, but despite repeated advertisements and announcements, young men in North and South Waziristan are unwilling to join the force.

Under the plan, 500 men each were to be recruited from Mohmand and Khyber agencies, and 900 each from North Waziristan and South Waziristan to maintain peace and prevent drug trafficking.

However, the paper said, Interior Ministry officials were questioning whether the new force would be able to maintain peace in the tribal region where around 80,000 army troops, over 30,000 Frontier Constabulary personnel and paramilitary forces such as the Mohmand Rifles, Bajaur Scouts, Mahsud Scouts, Tochi Scouts have already failed to deliver. (ANI)

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