FATA Operation: Pakistan facing another challenge in tribal area

FATA Operation: Pakistan facing another challenge in tribal area | PakistanTribePESHAWAR – After the possible failure of peace talks and recent strikes of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on Tahreek Taliban Pakistan’s hide outs, government is going to face new challenges in term of heavy flux of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and security related issues.

The Government is also making attempts for peace talks with Taliban Groups. The peace talks just saw a major deadlock after killing of 23 FC personnel and responsibility claimed by Tahreek Taliban Mohmend Agency. This has resulted in the launch of small scale military operation against the militants. PAF conducted air strikes in Meer Ali area of South Waziristan, Teera Valley and Hangu and claimed targeting hideouts of millitants.

The latest displacement started late last month, when some 1,500 families left their villages in North Waziristan fearing an impending military offensive against the Taliban. That threat failed government officials to materialize things. Government seems fail to combat with the new challenge in these areas.

More than 1500 families from Meer Ali area of North Waziristan have shifted to Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu and Karak. “It’s simply horrible,” added the 72-year-old man, Ismail Mehsud, who travelled from his home in Meer Ali, with three sons and two nephews.

Some of families from the affected areas have moved to Kohat, Dara Adam Khail, and Matni. Most of them are living with their friends or relatives. Three families shifted in to the rented houses in Peshawar. Caught between the Taliban on the one side and military shelling on the other, many say peace talks are their best chance for some sort of lasting solution. “In the end, dialogue will be the only solution. Despite of major deadlock, I am hopeful the current peace process will lead to a solution,” said Rahim Ullah Jan, an IDPs’ family member in Peshawar. While analysts are skeptical over the outcome of talks among government and TTP, the dialogue has ignited hopes for some refugees desperate for good news after years of hardship.

If a large scale operation would be finalized by the government and army, then the possible new influx will also create security issues for the government and law enforcement agencies. The militants might be move to settled areas by declaring them IDP’s. Government neither chalked out any strategy in this regard nor made arrangements to fight with this new challenge.

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Haris Ahmed

Haris Ahmed is a Lahore based Journalist. He worked in different print media organizations. Haris covered crime, environment, health and education related issues for PakistanTribe.com

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