Dawar tribe jirga demands, early resettlement

PESHAWAR: A Dawar tribe jirga on Saturday demanded to return to their areas cleared by the military in North Waziristan.  “We want an early return to our areas cleared by the military,” demanded Dawar tribe elders during a jirga held on sprawling lawn of Bagh-e-Naran in Hayatabad residential area. The elders claimed that the operation was targeted on the Dawar tribe only and those that were compensated were ones who suffered no losses. “This is beyond one’s imagination that the tribe suffered heavy damages and losses and has yet not been compensated,” they alleged. More than half a million civilians moved out of North Waziristan after the military launched an operation on June 15 targeting Taliban and al-Qaeda militants. The military spokesman had declared Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan, was “one hundred percent” cleared and a similar operation was underway in Mir Ali, the second biggest town after Miramshah. “We believe the Dawar tribe is the target of this operation and we do not know the reason why our tribe members are victims of this ongoing operation,” the Dawar tribe elders said while speaking on the occasion, adding, “Residents of cleared areas may be allowed to return to their homes as most of our tribe members are poor and cannot afford to pay rents for so long.” 

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