Pakistan/Miramshah: Militants warn army, NGOs against uplift work
The group headed by Hafiz Gul Behadur also asked tribesmen not to opt for development projects, including construction of schools and hospitals, being executed by the army or NGOs.
Pamphlets were distributed in Miramshah and other parts of the area on Friday warning the people not to allow the army to execute any scheme in their areas, otherwise they would be responsible for the consequences.
The pamphlet read: "Under the peace agreements the army was not authorised to visit villages for setting up medical camps, establishing offices on the pretext of constructing schools, hospitals, water supply schemes or any other activities.
"Don't accept development scheme from the army. It is like poison for you (tribesmen)." The pamphlet said the local Taliban's Shura had taken the decision.Similarly, NGOs will not be permitted to launch activities in the tribal area. The pamphlet claimed that both the army and NGOs wanted to create disturbance in the region in the name development activities.
Sources said the government had been executing most of the development schemes in South Waziristan through local Taliban groups.
They said Taliban leaders identified sites and monitored schemes. They said that now militants in North Waziristan were also demanding to carry out schemes with their consent.
The government has engaged the army in development activities in several parts of the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas, including Waziristan.
Meanwhile, the Taliban's Shura gave a deadline to kidnappers to release all captives within five days or face action. Announcements in this regard were made through loudspeakers in Miramshah during Friday prayers.
Incidents of kidnapping for ransom and car-snatching have increased in the area.
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