Tribal Leadership at Heart of Terror for Peace and Development: How Senator Farid Ullah Wazir Lost his Life



A visionary tribal leader, former Federal Minister, Senator and my Grandpa who surrender his life for peace and development in FATA and South Wazirstan’ how Newspaper perceive his role in peace. [Nek Mohammad’s] supporters led by Abdullah Mehsud, had continued to engage Pakistani security forces in a drawn-out guerrilla war. Their targets included those tribal chiefs who had collaborated with the Pakistani military. One by one, all those who had backed military operations against the militants in South and North Waziristan were killed. Faridullah Khan, a Waziri tribal elder and former senator, virtually signed his own death warrant when, in March 2004, he facilitated the entry of army troops to his home village, Shakai in South Waziristan. His men helped soldiers to demolish the houses of the tribesmen linked with the al-Qaeda. He even permitted soldiers to use his fort-like house.

I saw Faridullah at an army sponsored tribal jirga in Shakai in April 2005. Escorted by armed guards, Faridullah, who sported a huge turban and a bushy moustache, declared, ‘Al-Qaeda were all over the valley. But this year they are on the run. Peace has been restored.’ Twenty-four hours later, Faridullah was dead. The killers had waited at a diversion of the main road, when his jeep passed on the way from a meeting with the army commander. The militants had blasted the vehicle with rocket-propelled grenades. Ironically, Faridullah was killed a day after General Khattak had declared that South Waziristan had been cleared of foreign terrorists.

The Dwan News reported his death in this way..

“He had no feud. The man had played a key role in helping out troops to enter Shakai and break the back of foreign militants. He was an obvious target,” the source said of the 51-year-old former senator from Waziristan. Accounts provided by witnesses and official sources of the incident said that the former senator had made a stopover at Kariwam on Jandola and Tank road for lunch and had returned his escort thinking that he would be safe while on the main road.

He had also been instrumental in arranging for the surrender of 44 local wanted militants to the government from the Shakai Valley who were later allowed to go free on Faridullah’s own guarantees and requests.”