Army to Withdraw From FATA When Tribesmen Take Up Responsibilities

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Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Ashfaque Pervez Kiyani on Thursday announced that security forces would be pulled out from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) once tribesmen take up their responsibilities. Speaking to separate jirgas of Mehsud and Ahmadzai Wazir tribes in Chegmalai and Wana areas of S. Waziristan, he said the forces had played a key role in restoring peace and eradicating militancy from the region. Pakistan has deployed more than 100,000 paramilitary and regular troops in FATA to drive out the Taliban from the region. Under Frontier Crimes Regulations, tribesmen are responsible for protecting government installations, officials and roads and keeping the area clear of anti-social and anti-state elements.