Pakistani Tribal Area Tense After Deadly Clashes

Authorities in a Pakistani tribal region have expanded a 24-hour curfew to avert further deadly clashes between local militants and Pashtun rights activists. Tensions have been high in South Waziristan since at least four people were reported killed and 25 wounded in Wana, the region’s main town, in June 3 clashes involving activists from the Pashtun Protection Movement (PTM) and alleged Taliban-linked militants. Officials said on June 6 that 80 people have since been arrested, while curfew was extended from Wana to other parts of South Waziristan. Land telephone lines and mobile phone lines were not responding, according to residents. A local health official said that as many as seven people were killed in the violence, which erupted after PTM supporters were stopped by a local militant group from holding a gathering to welcome one of their leaders, Ali Wazir................

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