Elders Allege Attempts At Dividing Pashtuns
In order to achieve their goals, intelligence agencies of some countries have been trying to fuel differences among Pashtun tribes living on both sides of the Durand Line.
These views were expressed by Mujahideen and Islamic Unity Council head Maulvi Mohammad Sardar Zadran at a gathering of tribal elders and religious scholars from Loya Paktia.
Zadran said the Pashtuns on both sides of the British-mandated border were inseparable. He said when tribes on each side faced with troubles; their grief was felt by those on the other side.
“We will stand united and make joint efforts for unity among Pashtuns, their development and doing away with problems and challenges they face today,” Zadran announced.
He accused intelligence agencies of some neighbouring countries of trying to fuel differences among Pashtun tribes on both sides of the Durand Line in a bid to promote their own interests.
On behalf of the gathering, the former jihadi leader warned the spy networks that their conspiracies would not be allowed to succeed.
Religious leader from North Waziristan Maulvi Khan Daraz told the gathering that the Pashtuns on both sides of the Durand Line were brothers because they had blood relations and common language, culture and traditions.
He rejected as baseless reports that claimed families, who fled North Waziristan in the wake of an ongoing military operation to Khost province, had connections with militants.
“We have no relations with Al Qaeda or Taliban. We urge the media to avoid harassing our long oppressed masses by publishing unauthentic news.”
Tribal elder from South Waziristan Mohammad Omar called on Pashtun tribes on both sides of the Durand Line to get united against their enemies and thwart their plots.
He was confident to say that Pashtuns had now realised their enemies and they would not allow anyone to divide the body of Pashtun into two pieces.
Omar thanked the Afghan government and international donor agencies for assisting the displaced families from North Waziristan and called for the aid to be continued.
The gathering issued a declaration that asked the Afghan government and the international community to rescue Pashtuns from being unnecessarily harassed and their elders assassinated.
The declaration strongly urged the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan not to mention as Al Qaeda or terrorists the common Pashtuns.
The gathering takes place amid an ongoing full scale military operation in North Waziristan tribal region against homegrown Pakistani militants.
Families, who fled the offensive to Khost province, claim the military bombed their homes, causing casualties to them instead of militants.