Parachanar tribal clashes: nine killed, 50 injured

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    The ongoing clashes between tribes in the Kurram district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have resulted in two more fatalities and 13 additional injuries. These clashes originated from a dispute over community land and have caused a total of nine deaths and over 50 injuries over the past four days, as reported by the police.

    The local administration, with the support of tribal elders and security forces, is actively working to bring the situation under control. Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Sajid Hussain Turi, has also arrived in the tribal district to facilitate a ceasefire between the opposing sides.

    The initial clash on Friday, between armed individuals from the Bohshera and Dandar tribes, led to the death of five people and left 30 others injured. Subsequently, two more individuals were killed and eight were injured when clashes resumed between tribes in various areas of the Kurram tribal district on Sunday.

    Although the district administration, police, and local elders successfully negotiated a ceasefire and vacated the combatants’ positions, skirmishes reignited in the areas of Khar Killay, Balishkhel, Pewar, and Tari Mangal. According to residents, sporadic gunfire persisted, resulting in one fatality each in Tari Mangal, Khar Killay, and Balishkhel, along with three injuries in Pewar.

    Last week, Deputy Commissioner Syed Saiful Islam Shah and District Police Officer (DPO) Muhammad Imran stated that the district administration, police, and local elders had recommenced their efforts to establish a permanent ceasefire and settle the dispute through jirgas, aiming for a conclusive resolution.

    The ongoing tribal clashes in the Kurram district, triggered by a land dispute, have caused a significant loss of life and numerous injuries. The authorities are actively engaged in resolving the conflict and seeking a long-lasting resolution through dialogue and negotiations.