Four soldiers of Chitral Scouts killed in Khyber
LANDI KOTAL: Paramilitary forces suffered their first casualty during the Khyber Agency operation when militants killed four soldiers of Chitral Scouts in an ambush on Tuesday near a graveyard in Akakhel. Three soldiers were injured.
According to officials, the security personnel were going to Fort Meelwat from Fort Salope when they were attacked. One soldier was killed on the spot and six others were injured.
Three of them died in hospital. The assailants escaped to the adjacent Darra Adamkhel region. Meanwhile, sources said that of outlawed Lashkar-i-Islam chief Mangal Bagh had refused to authorise a jirga to take any decision on his behalf or accept that its decision would be binding on him. Endorsing a jirga decision, or authorising jirga members to take decisions binding on all sides is the primary condition of the traditional mechanism for arbitration.
A tribal jirga returned on Tuesday after holding two rounds of talks with the extremist leader in Tirah Valley. Its members are expected to submit a report to the political authorities on Wednesday.
The sources said the Lashkar chief had verbally assured the jirga that his men would not resist the operation in the Khyber region, and had also guaranteed to cooperate with the administration in maintaining law and order.
The government had set three conditions for the Lashkar men to meet in exchange for halting the operation. The conditions are renouncing militancy, accepting the government’s writ and surrendering of the 16-member Shura of the organisation.
The Lashkar had also presented its own conditions for holding talks with the jirga –withdrawal of forces from Bara, halting the operation and re-opening roads and bazaars.