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Al-Qaeda sympathisers handed over to troops by Pakistani tribesmen

Pakistani tribesmen in the rugged semi-autonomous region bordering Afghanistan have handed over dozens of people suspected of sheltering Al-Qaeda militants, a government official said. Threatened by the prospect of a large-scale Pakistan military offensive to seize the suspects, tribal elders bowed to pressure and presented authorities with the Al-Qaeda sympathisers. “About 60 percent of those linked to Al-Qaeda or working as facilitators have been handed over to the local authorities,” the official speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP on Monday. Full Story

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