PESHAWAR Taking advantage of the internal mass migration of people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to heavy flooding, militants were trying to enter Peshawar and other districts of the province, sources disclosed.
Amid reports of movement of militants in the guise of flood victims, the law enforcement agencies (LAEs) have alerted the provincial Government while stressing the need for taking measures to beef up the security in the region. In the report sent to the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the LEAs have directed the authorities to register all those people who are migrating from the flooded areas to other parts of the province.
According to sources, the security agencies have asked the KP Government to register all the flood-affectees who are taking shelter in schools, rent houses and other safe places.
Due to heavy flooding playing havoc in many parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the law enforcement agencies have temporarily halted search operation against militants and their supporters. About 14 districts of KP have been badly affected by the recent flash-floods including Charsadda, Nowshera, Malakand division, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu. The extremists have gone underground who are now intending to migrate to safe areas in the guise of flood victims.
As a result of unprecedented flooding in the Kabul and Swat Rivers, Pabbi, Charsadda, Nowshera, Swat and Malakand division have badly become inundated. The natural calamity has claimed lives of over 800 people so far whereas more than 45 bridges, in Nowhera and other parts of the province, have been washed away.
According to ISPR, Army has deployed 30,000 troops in the flood-affected areas and so far 19,000 people have been rescued with 3,000 people from Swat, 2,000 from Tank, 3,000 from Risalpur and 3,450 from Nowshera, Charsadda and Pabbi. The rescue operation is still underway.