Nine people abducted in Hangu
HANGU: Unidentified armed men kidnapped Tehseenullah, the brother of Hangu District Nazim Khan Afzal, and his three colleagues on Saturday, family sources told Daily Times.
They said that Tehseenullah was on his way to Hangu from Kohat when he was kidnapped along with three other men. The police said that they had registered a first information report and started investigations into the incident. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the kidnappings. In another incident, the Taliban kidnapped five people, including a local councillor, on Saturday evening, locals said.
Armed men kidnapped councillor Yaqoot Khan and his four colleagues Muslim, Hamd, Ahmad and Akbar from Tor Worai union council at gunpoint, nazim of the union council Saeed Jan told Daily Times. Tor Worai union council is located around 50 kilometres northwest of Hangu city. The area is situated on the border with Kurram Agency.
Meanwhile, in Hangu town, a jirga comprising elders from 10 tribes assured the district administration that they would not allow display of arms and establishment of militant centres in their respective areas. The participants decided that safety and security of the main road would be the joint responsibility of the tribes and the district administration. They resolved that armed patrols by militants or any other group would not be allowed.
Addressing the meeting, Hangu District Coordination Officer (DCO) Shahab Ali Shah said that those challenging the writ of the government would be sternly dealt with.
A handout released on Saturday said that the Hangu DCO, under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, prohibited gatherings of more than five people, processions and road blockades in the limits of Hangu district with immediate effect.