Swat Taliban enter Buner
By Ghulam Farooq
MINGORA: Around 100 armed Taliban entered Buner district from Swat on Sunday and were stationed at Gokand Dara, locals and officials said.
The officials told Daily Times that when tribal elders heard that Taliban had entered Buner, a grand jirga was held in the office of the Buner district coordination officer to devise a strategy to tackle the Taliban.
The jirga decided that prompt action must be taken against the Taliban and called on the people of Buner to take up arms to evict them from the district. They gave the Taliban one day deadline to leave the district, warning that the residents would otherwise be compelled to take action against them.
The police and armed civilians took up positions at Bhangra area to stop the Taliban from moving further into the district.
However, the Taliban said they meant no harm to the people of Buner, adding that they had come to make a peace deal with the people of Shal Bandai.