Houses demolished, 13 held in Jamrud operation
JAMRUD: Thirteen people were arrested and several houses were demolished in the ongoing ‘Operation Daraghlam (Arriving)’ in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency on Saturday, officials said. Officials of the political administration told Daily Times that the security forces demolished five shops selling drugs in Wazir Dhand area of Jamrud and five houses of those harbouring Taliban were razed to the ground in Mian Marcha Kilay of the tehsil. The security forces also arrested four people from the area, while three were arrested from Ghundai and six from Godar for sheltering Taliban. Earlier, the political administration had issued notices to 10 tribesmen asking them to surrender, warning that their houses would be demolished under the Frontier Crimes Regulations, a source said.
Curfew: The Pak-Afghan main highway was reopened from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, as troops relaxed the curfew for the general public and trucks carrying NATO supplies, Landikotal Tehsildar Nasir Khan told Daily Times. He said the Torkham border crossing would be closed from the Afghan side until the objectives of the operations were met.
The troops moved forward into Malagori for taking action against the Taliban and their local facilitators. Khyber Agency Public Administrator Tariq Hayat Khan had categorically told the media that no action would be taken against Malagori tribe as they had complied with the government’s advice in forming a tribal Lashkar against the suspected Taliban.