Land dispute: PTM mediates ceasefire between two tribes in North Waziristan

The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) has helped declare a ceasefire between two tribes in North Waziristan on Saturday, who have taken arms against each other over years old land dispute.

The land dispute between Khadi Khel and Machi Khel has escalated into an armed conflict after the merger of tribal districts with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. People from both tribes used small and heavy weapons against each other. But the PTM leaders have helped to reach a three-day ceasefire between the two sides.

Syed Anwar Dawar, a member of PTM in North Waziristan, told that the leaders and members of the two rival tribes have raised white flags of peace, signaling a three-day ceasefire between the two tribes. He said that the government has also called upon the jirga to play its role in resolving the dispute. Anwar Dawar added, “The youth and leaders of Bannu, led by Haji Abdul Samad Khan and Nadeem Askar, are still trying to extend the ceasefire and permanently resolve the dispute.”

The Khadi and Machi Khel tribes have a dispute over 3,000 to 5,000 canals of land. The dispute has been going on for years and they have also engaged in violent clashes in the past. Both tribes claim full ownership of the land, and a lawsuit is also pending in court. Locals told Mashaal radio that both tribes want to resolve the issue in accordance with the law and the constitution, but the issue is complicated as neither sides have the ownership documents.

North Waziristan Deputy Commissioner Shahid Ali Khan said that several tribal elders are playing an active role to resolve the issue and avoid any bloodshed. “Both tribes must abide by the law and solve the issue through the peaceful manner in accordance with the constitution and the law of the land,” the commissioner advised.