20 persons held in Jamrud
LANDI KOTAL: Jamrud political authorities arrested at least 20 persons and sealed a dozen shops, allegedly selling contraband, during raid on the Wazir Dhand market in Jamrud on Friday. Jamrud Khassadar Line Officer Gula Jan said that the arrested men also included some alleged customers who had come to the market. He, however, insisted that most of the shops, dealing in contrabands, had already been closed as a local jirga had imposed ban on sale of all sorts of contrabands in the market.
The Bara based-armed group, Lashkar-i-Islam, launched a blistering attack on Wazir Dhand market on April 16 with group chief Mangal Bagh pledging to wipe out the illegal business of liquor, hashish, heroin and other contrabands from the area. He had accused an influential family of the area of patronising the illegal trade. Mr Bagh had also accused the local political administration of not taking any action against those involved in the ‘immoral’ business.
Many in the area believe that the Friday operation, by the administration, was aimed at showing their efficiency rather then rooting out the illegal trade. Line Officer Gula Jan told Dawn that his team of the Khassadar force could not recover ‘presentable’ quantity of contrabands during the raid.
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