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Last Updated: Friday, 26 November, 2004, 13:24 GMT
Pakistan to end tribal check posts
Pakistan is to remove all checkpoints set up during recent army operations against al-Qaeda militants in the tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

The announcement came at a meeting in Peshawar of tribal leaders, senior military officers and the governor of North-West Frontier Province.

The governor promised to free innocent tribesmen arrested during operations.

Analysts say the concessions are aimed at boosting support for the government from local tribesmen.

The Peshawar meeting included three of five key tribesmen who have been given an amnesty by the government after pledging not to support al-Qaeda militants in the region.

The BBC's Haroon Rashid in Peshawar says it is unclear how the government plans to monitor the area after the check posts are dismantled as hundreds of al-Qaeda militants are reported to still be hiding there.

Pakistan began large-scale operations against suspected foreign militants in the South Waziristan tribal area in March.


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