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Nazir orders Mehsud tribesmen to leave S Waziristan


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Islamabad: Two days after escaping a suicide attack, pro-government warlord Mullah Nazir has ordered Mehsud tribesmen and Taliban militants to leave some specific areas in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region by December 5 or face action.

Nazir, who finalised a peace deal with the Pakistani military in 2007, issued the directive on Saturday following a ‘jirga’ or council of elders attended by leaders of his militant faction, a peace committee of the Ahmedzai Wazir clan and other tribal elders and clerics.

The jirga, which was held at Wana — the largest town of South Waziristan tribal agency, warned that any tribesman found sheltering Mehsud tribesmen or militants after December 5 would be fined Rs 1 million and have their homes demolished.

Announcements made on loudspeakers in Wana, Azam Warsak, Karikort and Toikhula warned Mehsud tribesmen to leave the areas under the Ahmedzai Wazir tribe by December 5 or face action.

Nazir was injured in a suicide attack in Wana that killed seven persons.

His faction is one of four major Taliban groups that joined the al-Qaeda-brokered Shura-e-Murakeba alliance.

Nazir has enemies among Uzbek fighters and the Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan, which is dominated by Mehsud tribesmen and led by Hakimullah Mehsud. (PTI)


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