PESHAWAR - Chief, Adezai Peace Lashkar, Dilawar Khan Thursday formally abolished the armed lashkar against militants saying that the provincial government would be responsible if any mishap occurred to any lashkar man in future, as they had nothing to do with anyone’s activities.
He announced this while addressing a news conference here at press club. He informed that the lashkar had been formed against militants in their respective areas with the support of the provincial government. However, after withdrawing its support - financial and weaponry - “we announce abolishment of the armed lashkar, as we see there is no need for it anymore.”
Khan said they made their peace lashkar when there was no writ of government in their respective areas and decisions were done in Taliban centers instead of courts. He added that militants’ vehicle instead of police mobile vans were openly patrolling on roads of Adezai.
The peace lashkar chief said that they rendered numerous sacrifices including the martyrdom of 105 persons consisting elders, youngsters, women and children of the Adezai tribe. “Our mosques, funeral prayers and peaceful gatherings were targeted with suicide attacks,” he maintained. But in such a situation the provincial government asked the special force and local police to report their respective police stations, about which they contacted Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) who also asked to return all the special force and police personnel, he said.
Khan also alleged that the ANP-led provincial government had pledged to provide arms, vehicles and all other necessary support to safeguard the area, having its borders with the adjacent volatile tribal areas, but no assistance had been provided till date. The Adezai Lashkar fought a bloody war with militants for the last four and a half years, in which many of the dangerous militants were killed and similarly save provincial metropolis Peshawar direct attacks. He also made it clear that they do not announce the abolishment of the Lashkar due to the fear of anyone but solely due to the indifferent response of the government and police. He also warned that if militants tried to harm them, then they would fully act against them and will never bowed before them.
Meanwhile, the police in a successful crackdown recovered an Islamabad-based kidnapped girl and arrested the alleged kidnaper on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference here at Peshawar police SP rural Shafiullah said that the kidnapped girl Ramisha was picked up by her maternal uncle from Islamabad and later purchased her for Rs 60000. Police sources said that on a tip off they were informed that a girl being kidnapped from Islamabad is in the custody accuse Zamin Shah Resident of Imran Garhi.
When police raided the compound, the girl was found in chain while the accuse Zamin Shah son of Amir Shah was arrested on the spot while the second accuse who is the maternal uncle of the girls will soon be arrested.