One killed, six injured in Kurram Agency
PARACHINAR: Violence in Pewar in the Kurram Agency on Monday killed one person and injured six others, Kurram Agency Political Administration sources said. Iqbal Hussain died and six people were injured after a mortar-shell exploded near Ghandikhel mosque. The incident occurred when unidentified militants allegedly started firing from the Mangal and Kharoti mountains near the Pak-Afghan border.
The injured were immediately taken to the agency Headquarters Hospital in Parachinar, where some of the injured are said to be in a serious condition. Tribal elders Haji Ali Hussain and Nawaz Ali said the incident was an attempt to derail the peace talks between Shias and Sunnis in the agency. Tribesmen are peace loving people, they said, and demanded the government take measures against those trying to sabotage the peace talks.
ANP Meanwhile Awami National Party (ANP) Kurram Agency President Qurban Ali Tori and ANP Kurram Agency General Secretary Syed Jaffar welcomed the release of jirga members. Police on May 20 detained jirga members including 25 elders from each of the Shia and Sunni sects of the Kurram Agency after they allegedly failed to identify those responsible for violating the peace agreement between the two.
Tori and Jaffer also assured the newly appointed Kurram Agency political agent Muhammad Azam Khan of their support for maintenance of law and order in the agency, and welcomed the political agent’s efforts to open highways and roads in the area.