Hundreds of tribal elders, religious leaders and militants have called on Pakistan not to launch a military operation in the country’s last major militant sanctuary.
Malik Nasrullah Khan, a tribal elder who attended the meeting on Sunday cited a non-aggression pact between the army and the most powerful militant leader in the North Waziristan tribal area, Hafiz Gul Bahadur. Commanders loyal to Bahadur were present at the meeting in Eidak town in North Waziristan, a private television channel reported on Sunday.
Authorities see Bahadur as less of a threat because he has focused attacks in Afghanistan, not in Pakistan. But the military has never officially acknowledged having a non-aggression pact with him.
The U.S. assumes Pakistan plans to launch an operation against the Pakistani Taliban in North Waziristan in the near future.
Tribes should eliminate Taliban from their ranks or else they have to face the music.
These tribesmen themselves are to blame by sitting there doing nothing. No education & no unity. The tribe elders should be brought to justice for crimes against mankind, against their fellow muslims & disrespecting Islam.
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