Peshawar: 6 Mullagori houses razed in Khyber Agency operation
PESHAWAR: Political authorities allowed relaxation in curfew for the second consecutive day after security forces demolished eight more houses in Mullagori area and arrested two people on the fifth day of the military operation in Khyber Agency on Saturday. Heartened by the peaceful flow of traffic on the Pak–Afghan Highway on Friday as no untoward incident occurred during the break, curfew was lifted an hour earlier than the schedule. Authorities hinted at increasing the time duration for curfew relaxation as the security forces gained more control over the troubled tribal territory. Local tribesmen were jubilant over the peaceful state of affair during the break in curfew as they were the one who suffered the most during the operation. Besides halt to goods supplies to Afghanistan, including that of the Nato forces, locals were finding it impossible to arrange for their food even and the relaxation was a sigh of relief for them.
Business activities in Karkhano Market, however, remained suspended for the fifth consecutive day.
While troops’ build-up was very much there in the tribal agency, while active military operation remained suspended in the earlier targeted areas of Jamrud tehsil, including Kokikhel and Jandokhel tribe, though a formal announcement to end the operation is yet to come.
Authorities say they were adamant to continue with the operation until all the six groups that they claim were operating in the tribal agency are completely uprooted.
Against their earlier commitment not to target Mullagori tribesmen for their cooperation with the political administration, Saturday’s operation was mainly confined to Mullagori tribe.
Political agent of the Khyber Agency Tariq Hayat had claimed that the ongoing operation was not against Mullahgori tribesmen — one of the three major tribes in Jamrud — saying the tribe had raised a private army of its own against the militants and had effectively curtailed activities of the militants and outlaws.
Authorities claimed to have extended deadline to nine persons of the Mullagori tribe to surrender. Only one of the accused, Azmatullah, honoured the deadline while others refused and the security forces therefore demolished their houses. They included Purdil Khan, Laram, Banaras Khan, Mazaydar, Siyal Muhammad, Karamat Khan, Gul Rajj and Jalal.
Meanwhile, ten tribesmen, wanted to the political administration in heinous crimes such as car-lifting or highway blockades, surrendered themselves in Landikotal tehsil. All these people have been issued notices by the political authorities of the Khyber Agency to surrender.