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Tribesmen asked to stop FM transmissions

KHAR: The political authorities have warned Mamond tribesmen to abide by the agreement inked with the government and stop transmissions of illegal radio stations in Bajaur tribal region.

Addressing a jirga of various tribes from Mamond area in Khar, Political Agent Shafirullah Khan said the administration had struck a twenty-point peace deal with elders of different tribes to establish government’s writ and restore peace in the violence-ravaged Bajaur region. But Mamond tribesmen had not been abiding by the peace accord, he said.

He said the peace accord had been violated several times which might plunge the region again into turmoil. He said the Mamond tribes had promised to ban all illegal FM radios with immediate effect but after lapse of over one month they had yet to stop the illegal FM radios.

He said that Taliban were creating panic and anti-government sentiments among the people through those radio channels, which was a clear violation of the peace accord.

Mr Khan said the administration could not tolerate illegal FM radio in the area and action would be taken against those who were challenging the writ of the government. He said all those people who were taking law into their hands had no right to live in the tribal region.

He called upon the tribal elders to help government in flushing out criminals and militants and bringing lasting peace to the area.
Source: Dawn
Date:4/14/2009