Pakistan lifts roadblocks in Mehsud's stronghold

Pakistan's military has removed all roadblocks in the stronghold of Baitullah Mehsud to open the troubled South Wazristan tribal district to rest of the country amid a proposed peace deal, a news report said on Sunday.

Pakistan lifts roadblocks in Mehsud's stronghold
Pamphlets were distributed on Saturday in the area on behalf of the security forces, declaring that the road access was being restored to facilitate the local population and to return to normality, the English-language newspaper Dawn said.

Mehsud ordered his followers on Wednesday to halt their activities.

Though the peace accord between the government and the Mehsud tribesmen is yet to be signed, the troops are observing a ceasefire after clearing the area of insurgents, the pamphlets read.

The process of reconciling with the tribesmen restarted after a change in government in the wake of February 18 vote that was overwhelmingly won by opponents of President Pervez Musharraf, a frontline ally of the United States in so-called war on terror.

Nationalists, who formed the government in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) that adjoins the tribal belt, have expressed their firm resolve to pursue peace talks with the fighters to put an end to the conflicts.

Last Mod: 27 Nisan 2008, 18:13
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