North Waziristan traders, army hold jirga for post-operations compensation

  • A committee, under the supervision of NWA's political agent, will assess the losses incurred by Miramshah's shop-owners.

RAWALPINDI – A jirga was held Sunday in Miranshah to discuss the prevailing issue pertaining to compensation of shopkeepers whose businesses were affected by the military operation, confirmed a political agent of North Waziristan Agency (NWA).

According to the political agent, it was decided that the committee of affected shopkeepers shall make an estimate of the amount that needs to be compensated.

“The same shall be processed in the administrative chain for its speedy implementation,” he said.

The Fata additional chief secretary, PA, Assistant PA, Anjuman Tajiran Pakistan President Ajmal Baloch, NWA GOC, civil and military officials, and the Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor attended the jirga.

The military spokesman said there exists no issue that cannot be resolved through talks. He added that residents of the tribal areas had joined hands with the forces to make great sacrifices for the establishment of peace, adding that operations conducted by the armed forces had eliminated terrorism.

“The resolution of problems faced by citizens is the first priority of the state,” said Major-General Gahfoor while stressing that he would not let the country’s peace be put at stake by enemies of the state.

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The representative of shopkeepers expressed their complete confidence in the administration and state for resolution of their problems.

They also expressed that these issues are local and can only be resolved by the state of Pakistan, but not by playing into the hands of those who don’t want to see the revival of peace or by chanting slogans against state institutions.

Tribal notables chanted slogans of ‘long live Pakistan Army and Pakistan’ at the end of the jirgah.

The committee shall meet on weekly basis to ensure speedy results.

Earlier this week, on Friday, the traders had ended a protest sit-in in Islamabad after successful conclusion of talks with officials of the political administration.

The traders had been staging the sit-in since Monday, however, talks between a delegation sent by them and the political administration succeeded at the National Press Club on Friday.