Taliban still in Buner, has established grip

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Islamabad, Apr 11: The Taliban, which is increasing its hold in Pakistan has now has established its grip over new areas in the Buner region of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

According to sources Taliban fighters have also taken control of the shrine of Sufi saint Pir Baba in the region.

"Taliban have taken control of vast areas in Buner. They are freely moving around while police and other law-enforcement personnel remain confined to their posts," the Dawn quoted a local living near the shrine, as saying.

Sources said that outlawed operatives ransacked the shrine and destroyed it completely.

Security officials said they have been asked by their superiors not to retaliate.

"We have been asked by our seniors not to interfere with the Taliban," a police officer of the Pir Baba police station said.

The officials have also revealed that the Taliban fighters possessed 'never seen before' arms and ammunitions. The militants have also managed to capture houses of several tribal elders in the region.

The administration said that there are talks happening with the militants to urge them to leave the area. However, according to source that talks between the militants, administration and the local jirga headed by Maulana Waliullah Kalbalgrami could not reach an agreement. The sources also added that they have been allowed to 'go anywhere' in Buner.

On Friday, Apr 10 the Swat-Taliban had agreed to leave the Buner area after a peace jirga persuaded them.

ANI

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