Peshawar: 5 ‘Taliban commanders’ surrender, ‘spy’ killed
PESHAWAR: Five self-purported militant commanders operating in Matani and Adezai towns surrendered to police on Monday, while body of a young man was recovered with a letter terming the deceased an alleged spy of the United States. The body of the man, seemed to be in his mid 30s, was thrown on a roadside in Matani with a letter, saying, “Such would be the fate of everyone spying for America.” On the other hand, five ‘militant commanders’ of the area, Jan Alam, Khalid Nawaz, Afsar Zada, Ikhtiar Khan and Amjad Khan, surrendered to the Peshawar Police on Monday. The police authorities term the surrender a breakthrough in restoration of peace in the rural Peshawar.
Al the five swore by the Holy Quran in presence of local elders and city police bosses at the Malik Saad Shaheed Police Lines that they would abide by the law of the land and would no longer indulge in militancy or terrorism. Those who surrendered are among the 32 suspects that the police force had declared the most wanted persons in Matani, Badaber, Adezai, Sherkera and adjacent villages. Eleven other suspects are still at large.
On Saturday, the nazims and elders of the area had produced before the police 16 suspects: Waheed Shah, Khairullah, Haroon, Ikramullah, Iqbal, Gohar, Rahat, Usman, Bahader, Sahib Gul, Hazrat Ali, Wajid, Qari Sajid Raza, Majid Khan, Afzal Khan and Khalid. The suspects were said to be the alleged main characters behind the bomb blasts, rocket attacks, and ambushed police parties, besides targeting police stations in the entire area between Darra Adamkhel and urban Peshawar.
“They have surrendered voluntarily and have signed an agreement to refrain from criminal activities. We will take stern action against anybody who would violate the agreement,” Capital City Police Officer Mohammad Suleman told reporters.
Elders of the jirga, led by Haji Niaz Mohammad, guaranteed that none of the surrendered villagers would indulge in anti-state activities in future. They demanded the release of Abdul Malik, nazim Adezai village, and other innocent villagers who were arrested after an attack on police flag-march last month.
For the first time in Badaber, Sarband and Matani, the people rose against growing terrorism and started jointly patrolling their streets with policemen. Police have provided weapons to all the villagers who have volunteered to patrol the area.