Peshawar: Bajaur Jirga receives list of 70 most-wanted militants
PESHAWAR: The government on Friday handed over a list of 70 most–wanted tribal militants to Mamond tribal Jirga in Bajaur Agency and asked for handing them over to the authorities by Saturday (today) or face military action. Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, deputy head of Baitullah Mehsud-led banned Tehrik–e–Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Taliban commander in Bajaur, was on top of the list of most–wanted militants. Interestingly, the list provided to the elders of Mamond, a stronghold of militants, did not have the names of some known militant commanders, including outlawed TTP spokesman Maulvi Omar, Commander Jan Mohammad alias Commander Sheena, Maulvi Mohammad Yar, Maulvi Mohammad Munir, chief of Amr Bil Maroof Wa Nahi Anil Munkr Mufti Bashir and Bacha Said.
However, a government official based at Khar, headquarters of Bajaur, said these names were put in another list, which they had already delivered to Mamond tribal elders to either expel them from their areas or hand them over to the government.
Besides Faqir Mohammad, some of the known militants wanted to the government are Dr Abdul Wahab, nephew of Maulvi Liaqat, Maulvi Abdul Hameed, Liaqat’s brother, Maulvi Ismail and Ziaur Rahman.
Tribal sources said the list of most–wanted militants was provided to Mamond tribal Jirga that held a meeting with senior government officials at Khar. Meanwhile, Mamond tribal elders, including Malik Fazle Mabood, Malik Mohammad Jabbar, Malik Daftar Khan and Malik Bacha Zarin held a meeting at Bandari village and asked militants to either leave the area or surrender to the Jirga.
The Jirga members set Saturday (today) deadline to the militants hiding in their area to surrender to them, otherwise, the people of Mamond would raise a tribal Lashkar and launch an operation against them from Sunday (tomorrow).
The Jirga head, Malik Fazle Mabood, told The News from Mamond by telephone that the Lashkar would start burning houses and other hideouts of the militants from Sunday (tomorrow) if they did not surrender before them.
He said the Jirga conveyed to militants that they would not be allowed to use their soil for carrying out attacks on security forces. Another tribal elder, while requesting anonymity, told The News that government officials had warned them of massive military action if they failed in handing over the wanted militants to the government.
Meanwhile, the future of more than 75,000 students seems uncertain as 90 per cent of educational institutions in the militants-infested tribal region have been closed for a year. Except for a few schools at Khar, all the educational institutions for boys and girls have been closed due to insurgency.