Pakistani military officials say they have released 50 tribesman arrested in last month's fighting near the Afghan border.
The security chief of the tribal regions, Brigadier General Mahmood Shah, told reporters Sunday the 50 had not aided foreign militants in the heavy fighting in South Waziristan last month. They were among 163 people arrested during fighting that killed more than 120 people.
The release followed an amnesty granted Saturday to five tribal leaders suspected of fighting against government troops. In exchange for the amnesty, the tribal leaders promised to lay down their arms and not help foreign militants in the area.
The government also offered amnesty to the foreign militants, giving them until April 30 to surrender or face military action.