7 more suspects arrested in Bara
BARA: Security forces in Shalobar, Bara Tehsil, arrested seven suspected persons while an abandoned house was blown up with explosives as the crackdown on militants and criminals continued in Khyber Agency on Sunday. A contingent of the Frontier Corps, without informing the political administration and local elders, raided a house in Shalobar Qambarabad area; arrested seven persons and blew up a car parked there. In another raid, paramilitary troops recovered a flying coach van in an abandoned house in Arjali Nadi area and exploded the compound along with the vehicle. The Hujra of Jalat Khan was also destroyed in the action.
Security forces displayed the suicide vests seized from the premises for journalists. But such jackets are used by the common tribesmen for keeping the magazines of Kalashnikovs. The local residents doubted fairness of the action and termed it one-sided act on the part of security forces. They also chanted slogans against the paramilitary troops. The arrested people were not produced before the media.
In another development, the political administration Khyber Agency directed the non–registered Afghan nationals residing in the agency to leave the area within a week. Political Agent Tariq Hayat Khan issued the directives that the Afghans not registered with the office of the commissioner for Afghan Refugees would be arrested under the Foreign Act.
He said some of Afghans residing were involved in crimes and creating law and order situation in Khyber Agency. The official added that by the end of the one-week deadline, a crackdown would be launched against those residing in the area without valid documents.
Meanwhile, as the crackdown entered its sixth day, the political authorities initiated what they called ‘silent operation’ targeting militant and criminal hideouts on Sunday. Official sources said security forces recovered two antiaircraft guns and arrested one person in one such operation in Gundai area of Jamrud Tehsil.
A total of 175 people, including 54 wanted criminals or militants, were either arrested or they surrendered to the administration. The move signifies end to the military operation amid reports that troops were seen pulling out of the tribal agency, though the authorities are yet to make a formal announcement in this regard.