6,000 families move out of North Waziristan

6,000 families move out of North Waziristan

PESHAWAR: At least six thousand families have moved out of North Waziristan after the government forces began retaliating to the militant attacks on national security installations, a Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government official said Thursday. “Between 5,000 to 6,000 families have left their homes in North Waziristan due to escalating tension on the ground,” Provincial Disaster Management Authority chief Tahir Orakzai said. These families have taken shelter with relatives in Bannu and other districts, the PDMA chief said, according to a press statement issued by the authority. “Some families have gone back after normalcy returned.”
“Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is ready to facilitate the internally displaced people,” MPA Shah Muhammad Khan was quoted as saying. Tribal sources said that the families leaving their homes for safer places come from Mir Ali and Miranshah towns, where the government forces are carrying out strikes after the Taliban-linked militants’ attacks. According to reports, the migration has been continuing for the last three days. North Waziristan Political Agent Siraj Ahmed Khan appealed the families to stay back, saying the situation was not going to deteriorate. “Please stay at home, as there is no need to leave for safer places,” a local TV quoted him as saying. Fighter jets and helicopters attacked suspected Taliban hideouts in North Waziristan on the Afghan border on Tuesday, killing up to 40 people, military sources and residents said, after a wave of insurgent attacks against security forces. It was the first time the air force has resorted to fighter jets in the volatile region since it struck a ceasefire agreement with local Taliban chiefs in 2007. Air strikes also hit the nearby tribal region of Kurram. Sunday’s Taliban attack on an army convoy killed 20 soldiers. 

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