MIRANSHAH: One person lost his life as two rival tribes clashed over a land dispute in Zairki village in Mir Ali tehsil in North Waziristan tribal district on Saturday.

Local sources said the two rival groups were using light and heavy weapons against each other during the clashes which are continuing for the last two days. One person has lost his life in the clashes so far.

The clashes have created an atmosphere of fear and insecurity in the entire area and the local people are demanding the district administration and police to help end the clashes. Sources said the tribal elders have initiated efforts to manage a ceasefire between the fighting groups.

North Waziristan Deputy Commissioner Shahid Ali said the administration is aware about the situation and a Jirga of tribal elders has been formed to make efforts for ceasefire between the warring groups.

Security situation improved significantly in erstwhile Fata after merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but increasing land disputes are now troubling the peaceful environment and dozens of people have lost their lives in clashes over such disputes. Peaceful resolution of these disputes by bringing all parties to disputes to negotiating table is a huge challenge for the administration.

Currently, more land disputes are surfacing in Kurram, Mohmand, Bajaur and North and South Waziristan tribal districts.

Ahmed Khan Wazir, a social activist, said while talking to TNN that the main reason behind the unending land disputes in merged districts is unavailability of land record. He said the government must introduce a transparent system to end these disputes.

Irfan Mehsud, another social activist, told TNN that the recent clashes between Dotani and Zalikhel tribes over land dispute in South Waziristan exposed the weak grip of the government. He said many innocent people lost their lives in clashes between the rival tribes. He said the Pakistan Army and security forces have completed their duty of defeating terrorism, and now it’s the responsibility of the civil administration to bring reforms and ensure durable peace.

Abrar Khan, a lawyer, said the KP government was supposed to bring land reforms after integration of erstwhile Fata, but it totally failed on this issue. He said land disputes used to be resolved in the area through Jirga system before the merger.

 

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