Most FATA lawmakers against military offensive in Waziristan

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Peshawar, Oct. 3 (ANI): Most FATA parliamentarians are against the prospect of the Pakistan Army launching an offensive against the Taliban in South Waziristan area.

Fifteen of the 20 members of parliament from FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) have said that they have withdrawn support from the government because they were not taken into confidence about the offensive.

The Daily Times quoted FATA MP Munir Khan Orakzai as saying that an offensive might fail if the government does not simultaneously move to develop the impoverished area.

The US has been pressurizing Pakistan to attack the Taliban stronghold.

Recently, US envoy Gerald Feierstein had said that the US believed that Osama Bin Laden was operating from that area.

According to the UN, the possibility of an offensive drove over 128,000 Waziristan residents out of their homes in September. (ANI)

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