Islamabad: The bodies of 17 Pakistani paramilitary soldiers, who had been abducted during clashes with militants in Upper Dir near Afghan border on June 24 , were handed over to a tribal Jirga in Kunnar province Afghanistan, sources said on Thursday.
According to sources the Jirga comprising Pakistani tribal elders held talks with militants for the custody of bodies.
Pakistan blamed Maulvi Fazlullah group of Pakistan Taliban for attacks on its forces in tribal areas near Afghan border.
It said the fugitive cleric Maulvi Falullah is based in Afghan province of Khunnar.
Some media reports say the cleric, whose militants were thrown out from Swat valley in a large military offensive, wanted to avenge his defeat.
A Pakistani newspaper on Friday claimed that the Maulvi is operating in Afghanistan freely and enjoyed support of Afghan and US forces to launch attacks on Pakistan.