Local youths, tribal elders and Taliban militants themselves are also being targeted by unknown individuals in the rising number of targeted killings.
In the ongoing targeted killings in the South and North Waziristan tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, local youth, tribal elders and Taliban militants themselves have also come under fire from unknown individuals, and 10 people have been killed in the past week.
On Monday, four tribal elders were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Mirali sub-division of North Waziristan while they were traveling in a vehicle from Mirali Bazaar to their village Khaisura. According to District Police Officer Shafiullah, the dead included Malik Sahib Khan, Malik Raza Khan, Malik Malik Umar Khan and Malik Noor Rehman.
He said the four were leading landlords and used to attend jirgas in North Waziristan for peace and other matters. According to the official, the unidentified persons had fled in a non-customs paid vehicle and police conducted a search operation in the area but no arrest has been made.
Three days before the incident, four FWO workers were killed by unknown gunmen. According to police, one of the dead was a local and three were non-locals who were associated with the Naspak company.
District Police Officer Shafiullah Gandapur had said that four FWO personnel were traveling in a vehicle from Mirali to Bannu when unidentified persons hit the vehicle near Mirali Bazaar, killing all four. One of the dead was a local driver, while the other three were said to be non-locals, he said.
According to DPO Shafiullah, among the non-natives, Ahmed Saeed belonged to Gujranwala district of Punjab, Syed Zafar Ali Shah belonged to Dera Ismail Khan and Muhammad Yusuf belonged to Abbottabad.
Two days ago, a young man named Abdul Qaddos was shot dead while returning from a wedding in Degan area of Datta Khel Tehsil in North Waziristan. Since then, people in the area have staged sit-ins and demanded an investigation.
Meanwhile, in South Waziristan, unidentified gunmen shot dead Abdul Khan alias Laram, a commander of the Mullah Nazir group. According to police, Larum was part of the ‘Good Taliban’ and was on his way home from Wana Bazaar in a car when he was hit on the Wana bypass.
In the last 16 years in North and South Waziristan, people have not only faced military operations, artillery, missiles and bombings, but also picked up the slaughtered and mutilated bodies of their loved ones.
It should be noted that people are waiting for the government to take effective measures against unknown persons and they cannot relocate to other areas due to poverty, otherwise the area would be empty by now.
According to the FATA Secretariat, before Zarb-e-Azb, 1,150 leaders had been shot dead by unidentified assailants on charges of supporting the government or spying in the war on terror.