Pak Army waiting for tribal 'uprising' against foreign militants in North Waziristan

Peshawar, August 18(ANI): The Pakistan military is waiting for the Wazir and Dawar tribes to initiate a 'Wana-like uprising' against foreign militants in North Waziristan, where the United States wants action against the Haqqani network, tribal elders and military officials have said.

"We hope North Waziristan tribes follow in the steps of Ahmedzai Wazirs to oust the foreign terrorists," the Daily Times quoted senior army officials, as saying on the condition of anonymity.

"Yes, we are hoping it happens sooner than later," added the military officials as they went on to express support for such action by the tribes to minimise chances of any army action the government may contemplate, if the situation does not get better.

In spring 2007, Ahmedzai Wazir tribes had joined ranks of 'good' Taliban commander Mullah Nazir to take up arms against Uzbek terrorists who had unleashed a reign of terror in Wana, Azam Warsak and Kalosha towns in South Waziristan.

Army commanders on the ground are encouraging the tribes to follow the Ahmedzai Wazir tribes, but the ground reality appears quite in contrast to South Waziristan, where the local tribes stood united behind Mullah Nazir.

"The North Waziristan situation is complex, as local tribes lack unity and the group which may lead the uprising is hostage to the foreign militants, and [the] element of money (from al Qaeda) is also impeding the likelihood of any such eventuality," said the military officials.

Meanwhile, the threat of use of force has worked to get the key tribes moving against "unwanted elements," a reference used for foreign terrorists linked to al Qaeda and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), tribal elders said.

General Officer Commanding 7 Division Major General Ghayur Mehmood had told Wazir and Dawar tribes that he would not hesitate to launch military action against foreign terrorists, if local tribes did not meet their responsibility under tribal norms.

"We have pledged to keep these unwanted elements out of North Waziristan and already mobilised chalwashti (warning party) against these elements," the elders said on telephone from Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan.

The elders said that General Ghayur was "very categorical" in saying that he would "not hesitate to order operation" if Utmanzai Wazirs and Dawars did not move against the foreign terrorists and "if the status quo does not change".

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