MOHMAND AGENCY  - A grand jirga of the Mohmand tribesmen was held in the Ekkaghund to celebrate New Year 2016 for the first time in the history of tribal areas here on Saturday.
Tribal elders from Tarakzai, Biazai, Khwezai, Haleemzai, Safi and Utman Khel participated in large numbers however political workers and youths were not invited in the program.
Political Agent Waqar Ali Khan, Assistant Political Agent Naveed Akbar, Assistant Political Agent Haseeb-ur-Rehman Khalil and Assistant Political Agent Abdullah Shah were also present.
Addressing the tribal jirga Malik Syed Mehmood Jan, Malik Attaullah, Jamail Gul, Mirwas Khan, Malik Fazli Khaliq, Ex-Senator Hafiz Rashid Ahmad, Salim Sardar, Malik Sahib Dad and Malik Muhammad Gul celebrated the eve of New Year.
The program was organized by local administration in tight security and on the occasion local music program was also arranged.
They appreciated the local administration on conducting on various social and cultural activities like Mohmand Sports Festival 2015, Independent Day program, 1st Tour De Mohmand Cycle Race, Haji Sahib Taurangzai Urs, Naat and speech competition and others.
Tribal elders assured their full cooperation to the security forces and local administration and said that they will continue their efforts in the New Year.
Ex Senator Hafiz Rashid Ahmad said that today we are very glad to see tribal elders assembled in a one place and that is the symptom of peace in the area.
He said that peace has been restored in the area due to sacrifices rendered by tribal elders and security forces.
Malik Sahib welcomed the FATA Reforms Committee meeting held in the Agency Headquarters Ghalanai on the January 1 of the year, which is the joint demand of all tribal peoples and termed the New Year a hope for the tribesmen.
He urged the tribesmen to untie and restore law and order situation in the area.
Tribal elders said that jirga system is very strong in the area and local administration is cooperating and facilitates the tribal elders in this regards.
They said that all the related issues of the area peoples resolved through tribesmen jirga. They hope that the New Year will bring development and prosperity for the area.