Militants behead tribesman for ‘spying’ in Tirah
LANDI KOTAL/GHALANAI: Militants beheaded a local tribesman on Wednesday in the remote Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on charges of spying, sources said.
They said that militants abducted Rahim Shah, a resident of Dray-Plar area of Bara Qambarkhel, and later left his beheaded body in the nearby mountains. A letter left with the body alleged that the deceased was involved in spying on militants and desecration of worship places.
Meanwhile, the Manzakhel branch of Akkakhel tribe has extended its full support to the local peace committee in its campaign against militants.
The decision was made at a jirga of tribal elders where scores of local armed volunteers joined the peace committee and also established a number of checkpoints to monitor the movements of militants.
The jirga also constituted 13 groups, each comprising 10 armed volunteers, to patrol the Akkakhel-Matani Road. The groups were directed to operate under the command of Haji Gul Miran, the head of Akkakhel Peace Committee. The political administration of Khyber Agency in collaboration with security forces launched a surgical operation few days ago in Akkakhel area. Local sources said that scores of families once again shifted from the area to safer places owing to fresh military offensive and anticipated counter attacks by militants.
In Mohmand Agency, several houses of suspected militants were demolished as security forces continued operation in different areas of Baizai tehsil along Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Wednesday.
Official sources said that nine houses of suspected militants were demolished during the operation in Garai area of Safi tehsil with the help of local peace committee. Security forces backed by artillery and tanks took part in the operation.
Officials said that security forces also established three new checkposts in Karrer and Garai areas of Safi tehsil to flush militants from the region.
About 49 families have so far migrated from Sham Shah, Yarakhel, Mirokhel and Babazai areas to Nahqi IDPs camp owing to the ongoing operation against militants.
Meanwhile, Hamzakhel and Shinwari tribes held a meeting with Political Agent Adil Sadiq to discuss law and order situation in their respective areas with him.
The political administration released 27 tribesmen, who were arrested under the collective responsibility clause of Frontier Crimes Regulation.