A lashkar organised against militants in Charmang area of Bajaur has disintegrated and volunteers are on the run. Sources say that militants are burning houses of their opponents.
They said that militants burnt dozens of houses in Babara, Hashem village, Hilal Khel and Kerkana in Charmang.
A tribesman of Charmang tribe told Dawn that 24 houses were destroyed in Babara village and Taliban had regrouped in Charmang and Mamond areas, considered strongholds of the militants.
Security forces had launched full scale operation against militants in Bajaur on Aug 6. Interestingly, the tribesmen of Bajaur said that not a single militant commander had been eliminated during the two-month long operation in which air power was also used.
Somehow, the government couldn’t support them properly. Just what they were expecting is unclear, but what isn’t unclear is that raising a tribal army in Pashtunistan is much harder than it was in Iraq. All these insta-experts on Afghanistan clogging our op-ed pages would do well to remember that.