PESHAWAR: Commander Dilawar Khan announced the dissolution of Adezai peace lashkar on Thursday, citing non-cooperation from the government as the reason behind quitting the fight against militants.
Khan, along with members of the lashkar and Adezai tribal elders, announced the decision during a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club.
The peace militia had been formed by the Adezai tribe with the help of the government in 2008 to help eliminate extremists and militants from the outskirts of Peshawar.
Speaking to the media, Khan said that around 5,000 people were linked with the militia and that it could no longer be sustained due to the non-cooperative attitude of the government.
He said that before dissolving the militia, they had repeatedly appealed to the government and asked them to provide rations, weapons and money to fight militants.
Khan said that they had been promised ration, weapons and money, but the government had given them nothing and they had continued to support them despite this. He said that at least 105 personnel had been killed in the last five years and that the militia had helped in repelling major militant attacks.
He added that a number of orphans and widows had not been compensated, adding that the government will be responsible if any mishap takes place with members of the militia.
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