WANA: Fierce clashes between two rival tribes over a land dispute are continuing in South Waziristan tribal district in which six people have died and several others are injured.

The district administration has confirmed the death of six persons and injuries to several others in clashes between Wazir Zalikhel and Dotani tribes in Karkanra area over a land dispute. The administration said the dispute over ownership of land has intensified between the two tribes and both sides are using automatic weapons against each other.

Hundreds of armed men from both sides have taken positions on mountain tops and homes and they are attacking the positions of rival tribesmen with small weapons. Several houses have also been reportedly set on fire in Sher Kanai area.

The district administration said a Jirga of tribal elders tried its best for ceasefire between the two clashing tribes, but it could not succeed. It said another Jirga will make efforts for ceasefire today (Sunday) and it is hoped that sanity will prevail and bloodshed will come to an end. It said the Jirga will try to find a solution to the dispute through talks.

On the other hand, the activists of different political parties and groups in South Waziristan including Awami National Party (ANP), Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Pakhtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) and others in an emergency press conference alleged that the government and district administration were responsible for the clashes in Karkanra area as they have been unable to resolve the dispute according to available documents.

The political activists said parties to dispute had presented the ownership documents of the time when British ruled this part of the country. They said the administration refused to recognize the documents and the dispute remains unresolved. They said a protest would be launched against the government if the dispute remained unresolved. They demanded the government to resolve the dispute to save precious lives.

On February 02, one person was killed and another was injured, while 17 houses were set on fire as two rival tribes clashed over a land dispute in Akakhel area of Bara sub-division in Khyber tribal district.