Pakistani tribals to raise militia against militants

July 18, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

ISLAMABAD: A grand jirga of the Mamond tribe in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region of Bajaur Agency has decided to raise a tribal lashkar (militia) to aid security forces in the fight against marauding Taliban militants in the Bajaur.

The jirga, or tribal assembly, was convened in the Bar Khalozo area of Mamond tehsil of Bajaur which was attended by leaders of all peace committees of the troubled region.

Local tribal elders including Malik Daftar Khan and Malik Khanzeb said that they have decided to raise the lashkar in order to ensure durable peace in Bajaur Agency where Afghanistan-based militants routinely carry out cross-border attacks on Pakistan border posts.

The lashkar will assist the security forces in eliminating the militants and their sympathisers. Volunteers of the lashkar is patrolling the area since yesterday.                      INTERNEWS