Three alleged activists of the Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) extremist groups were publicly executed by the Zakhakhel peace committee in the Bara subdivision of Khyber Agency on Saturday.
The local Aman Lashkar publicly shot dead three alleged LI men – Aqal Zareen, Yaqub and another man, whose name could not be ascertained, accusing them for violence in the region.
The Lashkar also arrested three other alleged LI men, one of whom was identified as Jumma Khan, from the Zakhakhel tribe.
Separately suspected militants set off an improvised explosive device in the Mandikas area, killing the wives of two brothers – Yaras Khan and Sherullah – and injuring as many people from the same family.
Talking to The Express Tribune, a senior political administration official said that such blasts occur in every military operation.
Three bodies found
Meanwhile, local sources told The Express Tribune that amid the ongoing military operation, three unidentified handcuffed bodies were found on Saturday in the Yousaf Talab area populated by the Sipah tribe in Bara.
They said the law and order situation in the area has again taken a turn for the worse during the last two weeks and people mostly stay indoors.
Residents complain about problems
Several residents have complained about the collateral damage in the military operation and other problems.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Muhammad Saleem claimed that nearly 80% of the local population had evacuated the area while the rest were either restricted, or they lack the resources to move to other areas.
Misal Khan, a principal at a private school in the Akakhel area, said that the authorities should provide an opportunity to locals to shift their families to Peshawar and surrounding areas.
Senator Haji Khan Afridi, hailing from Bara, said that the local population is suffering badly. He demanded relaxation in curfew timings to let the locals evacuate from the area.
He also complained that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa governor and the concerned corps commander did not consult the local elected representatives before launching the operation in the area.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 18th, 2012.