An interesting update to yesterday’s Pakistan coverage of the new Jirga and accords: Apparently most or all of the leaders who signed the original South Waziristan peace accords are now gone with the Uzbeks, which is probably why they made and signed a new one.
Second, in the same article, it appears that the Uzbeks fled to North Wazirstan, or they used some clever misdirection by puttingÂ Tahir Yuldashev’s bullet proof Prado 4×4 where he wasn’t going. From Dawn:
Meanwhile, government officials said Uzbek militants, who had fled to the mountainous region of Manra and Nandran, appeared to have fled to Shawal in the neighbouring North Waziristan.
â€œTheir vehicles were found abandoned to the north of Manra,â€ one official said. He said that among the abandoned vehicles was the famous bullet-proof Prado four-by-four vehicle of Uzbek militant commander Qari Tahir Yaldashev.
Meanwhile the Ambassador of Uzbekistan takes umbrage at the charactarization of the battles in Wana as against Uzbeks. This article’s worth a read mostly for the history detail on Tahir Yuldashev.