[American and World Bank funding for Pak Army development schemes indicates that Obama is in apparent acceptance of Pakistan’s “GOOD/BAD TALIBAN” formula in S. Waziristan, but, since the North Waziristan operation (Zarb-e-Azb), the White House no longer thinks that Failure to fight the Pak Army is grounds for an American death by drone.
The Pak Army basically leveled, or emptied all of the buildings in the Mehsud territory, in order to expel the trouble-making Mehsud tribe, with the intent of turning the vacated areas into development projects, which require “rehabilitation” of any returning Mehsuds, who are willing to give-up their arms. This is the primary reason that the Army is seeing such IDP (internally displaced persons) resistance to returning.]
Pakistani Army Removes Roofs Off Houses So That Taliban Can’t Hide, And It’s Surprisingly Effective!
An aerial view of South Waziristan, a former Pakistani Taliban stronghold gives you an interesting view – house after house with no roof. Roofs have been removed by the army to allow an “aerial view” of militants who may take refuge there.
“Military has removed the roofs of the houses to have a better aerial view and stop militants taking refuge in these abundant, fort-like mud houses,” an official revealed.
The local military says that the Taliban has been erased from the the region in the country’s mountainous northwest, and is is welcoming thousands of displaced families back to their home.
The Rah-e-Nijat operation was launched by the military against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its then-leader Baitullah Mehsud in 2009, displacing more than 72,000 families, according to the military.
Seven years later, some 42,000 families have been sent back, head of development Colonel Muhammad Imran told journalists during a briefing earlier this month in Shakai town, with another 30,000 expected by the end of 2016.
Traditionally roofs in South Waziristan are built of wood and iron sheets to hold off heavy winter snows, but from the helicopter hundreds could be seen with their wooden skeletons bared and interiors exposed.
The government says it is providing up to 400,000 rupees ($4,000) to families for the rebuilding of their homes.
A senior military official told AFP some $285 million is needed to tackle reconstruction in FATA, but the government has so far released only $48 million, with $12.5 million of that distributed to displaced families.