WANA: The land dispute between Zalikhel and Dotani tribes in South Waziristan tribal district is expected to get worse again as the latter blocked Wana-Zhob road for traffic on Saturday over no progress in resolution of the dispute.

Dozens of persons from both sub-tribes of Ahmadzai Wazir had been killed and injured in clashes over a piece of land in Karkanra area in Wana tehsil in South Waziristan.

With the intervention of local administration and tribal elders, ceasefire was announced and it was decided to resolve the dispute according to the British-era land documents within five months. However, no headway has been made towards the resolution of the issue so far.

Dr Muhammad Noor Dotani, who was heading the protest, said the Dotani tribe would not reopen the road until and unless their demands, including the distribution of land among various as per the set rules of British era, were met. He said the district administration had pledged to resolve the land dispute within a week but no progress was made in six months. He alleged that administration was involved in conspiracies to pit Zalikhel and Dotani tribes against each other. He said the responsibility to any untoward consequences will rest with the administration.

On February 20, six people reportedly died and several others were injured in clashes between the two tribes. On March 11, clashes resumed between Dotani and Zalikhel tribes in which at least two persons lost their lives and three others were injured.

On March 25, the two tribes announced to cease fire in order to give chance to the local administration and tribal elders to resolve the long standing land dispute in a peaceful manner. District Police Officer (DPO) Shaukat Ali said Dotani and Zalikhel tribes had agreed to step back from their positions over the efforts of Al-Haaj Karavaan chief Shah Jee Gul Afridi and Habib Orakzai.

Earlier, 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 at a press conference alleged that the government and district administration were responsible for the clashes in Karkanra area as they were unable to resolve the dispute according to available documents.

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