Consultant to KP chief minister types 9-member jirga to talk about Khar Qamar conflict

Consultant to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister on combined districts, Ajmal Wazir, on Sunday publicized he has created a nine-member jirga to keep discussions on the Khar Qamar conflict. The advisor, through a visit to Miram Shah, met the tribal elders of North Waziristan and contracted to constitute a jirga to determine the way forward following the conflict which took place a week ago between Army soldiers and a group of protestors in which 3 people were killed and 15 were seriously injured.

Wazir declared that a conference of the jirga is planned for Monday in Peshawar. “Peace will be managed in North Waziristan at every price,” he assured the jirga. He added that he is aware of tribal customs and norms to settle disputes in the interest of erstwhile Fata and that the tribal districts will be kept onboard for peace as well as improvement in the region.

The jirga comprises chief of Waziristan, Malak Nasrullah Khan; chief of Dawar tribe, Malak Khan Zeb Khan; Malak Shah Nawaz Khan Madakhel; Malak Khan Marjan Dardoni; Malak Habibullah Darpakhel; Malak Jan Faraz Khan Dardoni; Malak Mir Qadar Khan Darpakhel; Malak Ghulam Khan Madarkhel and Malak Peer Aqal Zaman Tapi Dawar. The jirga also circulated compensation cheques to some affected families, publicized a day early by the provincial chief minister, Mahmood Khan. According to the chief minister, Rs2 .5 million will be given to the families of the deceased and Rs1 million to those injured in the incident.

On May 26, the Inter-Services Public Relations ( ISPR ) launched a statement saying that a verify post had come under attack by a group with whom an exchange of fire ensued, resulting in the death of 3 people, and injury to 15, 5 of whom were soldiers. “A group led by Mohsin Javed and Ali Wazir assaulted Kharqamar check post, Boyya, North Waziristan tribal district this morning. They wanted to exert pressure for the release of suspected terrorists’ facilitator arrested the other day,” the military’s mass media wing said in the declaration, without specifying who the suspect was.

Dawar, however, had denied that the team started flames and accused the Army of initiating violence. Each Wazir and Dawar, who are MNAs and leaders of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement ( PTM), are currently under arrest. In a later statement on Twitter, the director general of the ISPR, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, had said that “innocent PTM supporters/workers need care”. “Only some are inciting and utilizing them against state institutions for vested agenda. No one will be permitted to undo the gains of decades-long national struggle & sacrifices particularly of brave Pakistani tribals,” he had added.

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