Landikotal: 9 jirga members arrested for not handing over militants
LANDIKOTAL: The political administration re-arrested nine members of the Shinwari tribal jirga, led by Malik Tahir Shinwari, here Tuesday as punishment for its failure to hand over several alleged militants to the government in the stipulated one-week time. The jirga leader told ‘The News’ on phone from the lock-up in Landikotal that it was not possible for them in the current insecure conditions to hand over all the 18 alleged militants to the authorities in a short time of one week.
Two of the most wanted militants were Hazrat Nabi and Hazrat Ali. The government was keen to nab them with the cooperation of the jirga. The jirga members’ failure to deliver Hazrat Nabi and Hazrat Ali and the other wanted men to the government prompted the Khyber Agency administration to order their arrest.
He said handing over of the alleged militants to the administration would take time. He said in a bid to restore peace to the area, the Shinwari jirga had met Federal Minister for Zakat and Usher Pir Noorul Haq Qadri in Islamabad, but nothing was done as follow-up of the meeting with the minister.
Commenting on the road security, Malik Tahir put the onus of the responsibility on the government for the same and said guarding roads should be the priority of the government security apparatus.
Those re–arrested included Khial Muhammad, Rasool Jan, Hafiz Walayat Shah, Malik Tahir, Muhibullah, Haji Hashmat, Adam Saz, Habib–ur–Rehman and Malikzada Ismat Shinwari. It was learnt that a grand jirga would be convened soon to decide fate of the wanted Shinwari tribesmen.
Meanwhile, political administration of Khyber distributed compensation cheques to the local families, who suffered due to the military operation named “Daraghlum,” a Pashto word meaning here I come, launched against the militants in the Jamrud area.
Three of the families from Kokikhel tribe were given Rs0.1 million each as compensation and 50,000 rupees each to 13 tribesmen who sustained serious injuries. A ceremony was held at Jamrud, which was chaired by assistant political agent Fida Muhammad Bangash, for distributing the cheques. Bangash said the government would not tolerate anti–state activities and the saboteurs would be dealt with an iron hand.