According to the newspaper reports, Baitullah Mehsud and his tribe has announced a one-sided suspension of offensive upon security forces in both the Waziristan, which make up the heart of the FATA belt.
This is a golden chance for the government to mend its ways, and try to sought out a political solution to this souring problem. These tribes are our brethren, and we need to rally behind them for peace and progress in the area. They are our those brothers, who were the guardian of Durand line for all these years without taking any salary from the country, and they were the ones who fought in Kashmir against India, when India grabbed the land there.
Prior to 1947 British deployed a unit in FATA area, but Quaid-e-Azam ordered that unit back, and let the tribes control the area. It would be prudent for our security forces to follow the footsteps of Quaid and let tribes deal with so-called Al-Qaeda. Persuasion, money and negotiations are the way to go, and force will only aggravate the already angry Pakhtoons.
We shouldn’t indulge in Guerrilla warfare against these tribes in their own area, as they would just melt down and disappear in the mountains and the difficult terrain, and it would only inflict more and more damage upon our security forces in vain. We should deal this political problem in political fashion in the light of history of that area.