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Pakistan announced an agreement with tribal dissidents in the sensitive Khyber Pass area, close to the Afghan border. According to the official Associated Press of Pakistan, dissident chieftain Wali Khan Kukikhel pledged loyalty to the government at a meeting in Peshawar. The accord reportedly assured the tribesmen that their customs and autonomy will be respected. Pakistani troops bulldozed the houses of more than 100 Khyber tribesmen in December, after they refused to surrender arms given them by Afghanistan.

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