Ban on entry of non-locals in North Waziristan lifted

CJ Sakinullah 

MIRANSHAH: The district administration of North Waziristan has lifted ban on entry of non-local persons to the tribal district.
The administration said in a statement on Friday that now the non-local people can also enter North Waziristan by showing their identity card at the check posts.

It said the system of check posts was brought to North Waziristan after the military operation Zarb-e-Azb to ensure law and order and that system proved very effective.

The statement said the people of North Waziristan played a commendable role in restoration of peace for which they deserve felicitation. The district administration said it was imperative to facilitate free movement of the people after return of the temporarily displaced persons (TDPs) to North Waziristan.

For this purpose, the Pakistan Army with the cooperation of the district administration has made the entry process to North Waziristan easier. The statement said the lifting of the ban will promote trade activities in the area and the people from outside North Waziristan will also face no difficulty in meeting their relatives and friends.

The district administration is of the view that this move will promote trade and bring investment in North Waziristan. From the New Year, 1 January 2019, only the identity card will be required on check posts on entry routes of North Waziristan including Saidgai, Toda Cheena, Madikhel, Shandori and Garyom.

The previous practice, under which people from outside North Waziristan were required to obtain prior permission or register their name on the check post, will be abolished.

The people of North Waziristan have expressed happiness over this development, saying that the move will reduce their difficulties which they faced due to ban on entry of non-locals. They said their social life was affected due to the ban and business activities were also impacted.

Operation Zarb-e-Azb was launched on 15 June, 2014 in North Waziristan in which militants were successful driven out of the region. The operation also caused mass displacement of the local population. After achieving the operation objectives, most of the displaced people have returned to North Waziristan in phases.

The entry of non-locals was banned initially in North Waziristan keeping in view the security environment of the region. However, after further improvement of the situation, the ban has been lifted now as part of an effort to bring complete normalcy in North Waziristan.