Peshawar: 8 militants surrender, freed after renouncing militancy
PESHAWAR: Another eight militants surrendered to the police here on Wednesday and were freed after they swore on the Holy Qura’an that they would refrain from terrorist activities in future. Those, who surrendered at the Malik Saad Shaheed Police Lines, included Asghar and his brother Sher Ali, Lal Bacha, Umar Gul and Mir Hassan of Adezai and Abdul Razzaq and Fayaz of Matani. The family of another alleged militant commander, Ihsanullah, including his father Ismail, brother Janas and uncle Aman, on the occasion, assured the police at the office of the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Rural, Nasirul Mulk Bangash, that their son would be no more involved in militancy or attacks on the police. They assured that in case of any violation by Ihsanullah, the family itself would hand him over to the police.
The SSP said the police would adopt an aggressive policy and take prompt action if any of the released people breached the oath. Around 30 militants, who had surrendered to the police, were later released after swearing on the Holy Qura’an. Nazim of Adezai Union Council Abdul Malik was freed Tuesday last. He was arrested from his house along with 14 other villagers after the capital city police officer, the SSP Operations Peshawar and their convoy was attacked in the town during a flag-march.
Matani, Adezai, Badhber and nearby towns had turned into troubled spots after the spillover of the militants from gun–manufacturing Darra Adamkhel town. Several girls schools and CD shops were blown up in the area during the recent months.
Besides the Matani and Badhber Police Stations, several police posts and patrolling parties of security forces were attacked with rockets and bombs on different occasions, playing havoc with the writ of the state in the area.
The Frontier Corps had taken over the Matani Police Station because of the poor law and order situation while the Frontier Constabulary was deputed at the Badhber Police Station to help police improve the situation.
Police later carried out an operation clean up in Matani, Sherkera, Adezai, Kalakhel and other localities and for the first time in the recent history imposed curfew on Kohat Road for this purpose. The operation continued for two days during which the police claimed to have destroyed several hideouts of alleged miscreants.