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Tribal council rejects merger of tribal belt with KP

Tribal council rejects merger of tribal belt with KP

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May 29, 2018 - 17:40

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Grand Tribal Council has rejected Pakistaninfo-icon’s move to merge tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtonkhwa (PK) and dismissed the self-styled step and termed it unacceptable to the tribal people.

Zarjan Shinwari, head of the council told reporters here: “From the past 100-year the tribal people were independent and the sudden decision of Pakistan to merge the tribal areas with KP was questionable and violated all the agreement signed with Afghanistaninfo-icon.”

“We don’t accept this move and want the Afghan government and UN to act against the Pakistani move,” he said.

Naik Mohammad Mangal, the resident of Kurram Agency condemned Islamabad’s move to merge tribal areas with KP.

Millions of tribal people had been deprived of basic facilities and the Pakistani military have brought in Alqaeda and other terrorist groups to insecure the area and provide ground for their occupation, he said.

Mangal said there should have been a referendum on the issues so that the tribal people could express their viewpoint.

“We are part of Afghanistan and never separated from Afghanistan but now efforts were being made to separate the tribal people from Afghanistan and we want the Afghan government to stop the move to merge the tribal people with KP,” he said.

He said fighting in the tribal areas was imposed by the Pakisani military and the tribal people and did not allow their children to go to school.

He also asked to stop the killing of common people and stop the excavation of illegal mining.

Earlier, Afghanistan  disputed Pakistan’s move to merge tribal areas with (KP) province and termed it against international accords.

“We have often shared our concern with Pakistan, through international community and diplomatic channels regarding Pakistan’s military interferences in tribal areas along the Durand Line,” a statement from the Presidential Palace said.

Kabul considered Islamabad’s changing behavior with tribal people, taking unilateral steps in the region and unilateral political and military steps in tribal areas against the 1921 agreement between the British India and Afghanistan, the statement said.

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