Eidak tribesmen leaving N Waziristan as army expands operation

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MIRANSHAH, August 27: The Eidak tribespeople have started leaving North Waziristan Agency and moving to adjacent Bannu as the Pakistan military has expanded its operation.

Administration officials say that on 26 August a large number of people started leaving from the tribal area.

The Pakistan Army launched military operation Zarb-e-Azb against militants on 16 June, resulting in displacement of about one million people from North Waziristan. However, several tribes including Eidak had assured the administration that they would not shelter militants and hence they stayed back in the region.

Recently the army has asked all those tribes to vacate the area and set up camps for them in Miranshah ground. However, those who did not like to stay in the camp have started moving to Bannu.

Local residents said the Eidak tribe comprises of about 50,000 people. Several families have been accommodated in the camps of Pir Kalay. About 20,000 people of the area decided to move to Bannu and their registration has not been started yet.

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