Ghalanai: Jirga to negotiate 7 abducted troops’ release with Taliban
GHALANAI: A tribal jirga will negotiate the release of seven security personnel kidnapped by the Taliban in Mohmand Agency, a tribal elder said on Wednesday. The political administration has released seven of 16 detained Kandhari tribesmen after the talks, the elder from the Safi tribe, Malak Fazal Manan, told reporters after a meeting between the tribe and the administration.
Most of the freed men are elderly people, said Manan, who is part of the seven-member jirga conducting talks with the political administration. He said the political administration had also agreed to restore the privileges of Kandahari tribes and to pay the salaries of class-IV government employees from the tribe. The tribal elder said the jirga would hold talks with the Taliban to negotiate the release of the security personnel kidnapped at the end of January this year.