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Visiting US officials meet tribal Jirga

LANDI KOTAL: Senior U.S. envoys has met with a tribal jirga in Tehsil Landi Kotal of Khaiber Agency and discussed various matters including establishment of law and order as well as development of the area. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Richard Boucher had the meeting with the jirga in the Army cantonment of Landi Kotal on Wednesday.The tribal jirga was headed by Malik Darya Khan.

The jirga demanded of the US envoys to revive and organize the jirga system to resolve issues of the area in an effective manner, sources added. Briefing the US senior officials on local culture and customs member of the jirga made it clear that the tribesmen are peace loving people and not terrorists. The tribal people are in need of education, employment and progress, the local elders told the US dignitaries. Negroponte and Richard Boucher assured the Jirga that practical steps will be taken to ensure provision of all basic facilities in these areas.-SANA

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