Execution: Taliban slay 21 tribal policemen in FR Peshawar

Published: December 30, 2012

Nearly two dozen Levies personnel were kidnapped Wednesday night. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: 

Taliban insurgents executed 21 tribal policemen on Saturday – three days after they were seized in synchronised attacks on three security checkpoints in the Frontier Region Peshawar.

Scores of heavily-armed militants stormed the checkpoints in Koi Hassan Khel, Zakhi Sar Musa Darra and Jani Khwar areas of FR Peshawar late Wednesday night, killing two Levies Force personnel and kidnapping 23 others.

The bodies of 21 Levies personnel were found dumped in a nullah near Koi Hassan Khel area Saturday night. “Yes, 21 of them were found dead and one seriously wounded,” Naveed Akbar Khan, the assistant political agent (APA), told The Express Tribune.

The injured have been shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar city, said Khan.

According to the assistant political agent, all the victims were shot dead. “It’s a miracle that one of them was alive when the bodies were spotted,” he said. The relatives were informed who rushed to the site – but by the time the militants had fled.

“The bodies have been handed over to the families,” he added.

Local elders confirmed the development, saying that the Levies men were brought to the nullah and shot dead there.

On Friday, the political administration gave an ultimatum to the local Hassan Khel and Jina Kor clans, warning them of punitive action in case the kidnapped Levies personnel were not recovered by Monday.

On Saturday morning, the two clans formed a committee and tasked it with securing the release of Levies personnel. They decided to arrange money if the militants demanded ransom.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 30th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (36)

  • Pakistani
    Dec 30, 2012 - 10:19AM

    May allah give these people jannat. but we still have PTI wanted to hold talks with these people.

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  • Feedom Seeker
    Dec 30, 2012 - 11:12AM

    Very sad and gruesome. Its time to action against them not to talk with them.

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  • Ibrahim Faisal
    Dec 30, 2012 - 11:56AM

    What is our army and intelligence agencies doing? They have failed horribly to protect this nation and then they make excuses they taliban are funded by RAW and CIA

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  • Pakland
    Dec 30, 2012 - 12:20PM

    Where are the Taliban sympathisers now. Pack them into buses and send them out there to live with these butchers a happy life than what we are offering them in modern cities. They belong to who they protect. Let the US and Pak drones pick all these killers until each one of them is wiped off the Pakland. These blood thirsty animals and their supporters should be made to live together away from civilized populatiion.

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  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Dec 30, 2012 - 1:10PM

    Now there should be drop seen of this game.Pakistan is in War position with TTP, if they are offering for Table Talk, Govt must come forward for negotiation, as War is not good for both and in the end of every War there are Three Results.... Destruction.....Division or Ceasefire with a Great Loss.so think about it...
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  • Saleem
    Dec 30, 2012 - 1:12PM

    Tsunami khan defends these murderers and says the US drone attacks are the cause of this! Really!
    The US drones are the only effective strategy against these medieval thugs. Our politicians and army either do not have the guts or are not willing to act against their strategic assets.

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  • Khan - UK
    Dec 30, 2012 - 1:28PM

    I think this is what TTP means by be eing ready for talks! We should not talk to these filthy lowest of low life

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  • Adil
    Dec 30, 2012 - 1:32PM

    I guess nobody will really mind this unbelievable cruelty, as it was executed by our fellow Mulim brothers, the Taliban. God help everybody if it had been the Americans. Remember Salala? Where are all the Taliban apologisers now? Isn’t murder just plain murder? Or is it much better to be slaughtered by your own kith and kin? Is it just me?

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  • Tufan Agha
    Dec 30, 2012 - 1:39PM

    Talibans brand of religon on display. Either they are Muslims or the rest of us.We can;t be following same religon. Please quote one example from the life of Hazrat Muhammd (SAW) or Khulafa e Rashideen where Muslims were slain by Muslims in such gruesome way.
    So the Government is requested to either declare the Talibans as non Muslims or the rest of the country. I don;t want to be following the religon of Taliban.

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  • hasan
    Dec 30, 2012 - 2:20PM

    as usual no comments in this article, as these are our strategic assets who was used,is currently being used and will be used later on the eastern border. So we should be protecting them.. by the way, our “masters” forgot to tell them which way is east… as they are currently running in circles within our own borders.

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  • Praan
    Dec 30, 2012 - 2:31PM

    May Allah give their family the strength to cope with such a huge loss…

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  • jami
    Dec 30, 2012 - 3:21PM

    After this incident delimitatons of Peshawar and voters verification through Army must be the Top Priority. Also army operation and deweaponization Of Peshawar is should be done to avert further terrorism

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  • tariq khan
    Dec 30, 2012 - 3:23PM

    shame for our Army why they did not conduct commando action against these barbarian as report said they are thrown dead at the same place where they kidnapped

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  • roadkashehzada
    Dec 30, 2012 - 4:08PM

    negotiate with these people??? now if this is blackwater/CIA/India and “esteemed” pakistan or afghan taliban are not behind this why dont they disown and condemn this brutality????

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  • True Muslim Paki (An Insafian)
    Dec 30, 2012 - 4:33PM

    Here`s the link to the video of surviving Paramilitary soldier:

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/video/idUKBRE8BT00V20121230?videoId=240194527

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  • Dr.A. K.Tewari
    Dec 30, 2012 - 4:58PM

    The streategic assets of Pakistan are now streategic assets of some one else . Who is paying them to attack on anti Taliban forces in Pakistan to increase their hold in Afghanistan . Perhaps they are Afghani Taliban . Both of them want to cover entire region under the grip of shariya law .

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  • Hameed
    Dec 30, 2012 - 5:02PM

    From here on I support the drone attacks….

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  • KHAN
    Dec 30, 2012 - 5:02PM

    @Ibrahim Faisal:
    They are funded by RAW and CIA, and what are we doing, providing cover to those RAW and CIA agents… please please stop this nonsense

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  • Zaffar
    Dec 30, 2012 - 5:18PM

    there should be a controlled response-to cleanse at least 50% of the murderers-to make a statement otherwise this behaviour will be repeated frequently

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  • kanwal
    Dec 30, 2012 - 5:59PM

    How can we sit down and talk to a mafia and gang of killers like this? There is only one language they seem to speak: guns. And thats what we must do to them. They have deserved it long long ago.Recommend

  • shahid
    Dec 30, 2012 - 6:34PM

    they are martyrs. the killers are ugly face of Islam. Here state must crush them by all means, no need of dialogue or negotiations. but we have a problem that many political parties, reilgious groups and prominent media persons still glorify them and they are cowards and hypocrats. I am always not good with the governance of PPP and ANP but now I salute both parties for their bravery and courgae and also Army in its efforts. You will see all hypocrats and cowards never come forward to grieve those affected families and say a word of condemnation.Recommend

  • Dec 30, 2012 - 7:08PM

    Still some opinion makers in media insisists that TTP offer for talks should be responded positively.A columnist and TV anchor in his column published in an urdu National daily the other day described the conditions for peace agreement, outlined in a letter of TTP Chief Punjab Chapter addressed to him, as breeze of fresh air.Recommend

  • kpk
    Dec 30, 2012 - 7:26PM

    Does any one know about levis personals,,they have no halmets,no bullet proof vests,no heavy weaponry,,,paying them 8000 to 10000 rupes,,,and you sending them to taliban areas…atlest equip them well,,and by the way what our airforce is doing,if a checkpost is under attack you must give it an air support…JF17 MY FOOT,,,,,,,,,,PAK ZINDABADRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 30, 2012 - 10:37PM

    @ kpk, agreed with you. I have written similar comments before about modern equipments, body armoures, communication, air support and training. Those who kill our brave soldiers are animals but those who do not take care our brave soldiers and present hem to animals as easy targets are not only criminals, they are traitors.

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  • Raza Khan
    Dec 30, 2012 - 10:44PM

    I do not support Drone attacks instead I urge carpet bombings for these monsters. Tsunami Khan do still want to negotiate with them? Sad, we are still in denial mode!

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  • Something Clever
    Dec 31, 2012 - 12:20AM

    It’s not a happy situation or outcome either way but, you’d think people would get it through their heads at this point that they’re better off fighting to the death than surrendering at first sight. Yes, they are surrendering or they wouldn’t be taken. There’s no way to capture an armed security official otherwise. They also wouldn’t get a hold of numbers that large unless they didn’t put up much of a fight, too.

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  • Ghani
    Dec 31, 2012 - 12:23AM

    Pakistanis should hold a sit-in infront of GHQ to demand action against TTP. They should also carry bangles with them (to hand them over to brave generals) in case their demands are not met!

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  • nsmdma
    Dec 31, 2012 - 12:58AM

    @KHAN:

    How do you know that they are funded by RAW and CIA? You seem to know a lot.

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  • Parvez
    Dec 31, 2012 - 1:27AM

    Its about time our security establishment did it job.

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  • stevenson
    Dec 31, 2012 - 2:39AM

    @Dr.A. K.Tewari: India has over 17 counsulates in their puppet country of Afghanistan where they send their agents to attack inocent Pakistanis but these actions only show the desperation of your strategic assets. They can only attack innocent children, women and unarmed men. They are too cowardly to fight the army because the Pakistani military has beaten them repeatedly. I think that the Pakistani nation is defeating your Indian strategic assets so completely which is why all they have left is cowardly attacks like this.

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  • numbersnumbers
    Dec 31, 2012 - 5:38AM

    @stevenson:
    Wow, what an imagination you have!! Indian Consulates in Afghanistan are located in Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-E-Sharif, Kabul and Jalalabad! Please tell us where the OTHER 12 or more Indian Consulates you claim exist are located!!! As for the Pakistan military “beating” India repeatedly, please tell us how things are going in EAST PAKISTAN these days!

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  • swat-team
    Dec 31, 2012 - 6:18AM

    Where are the mass demonstrations against such evil crimes? Where is the condemnation from the Mullahs? All I see and hear is deafening silence by the population at large. By accepting the status quo the TTP will only become more courageous and blood thirsty in its inevitable next slaughter. For shame!

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  • socko
    Dec 31, 2012 - 6:52AM

    Does it make any sense for Pakistan to have the world’s 7th Largest Military, which employs where every 8 person out of 1000 in pakistan? The govt should now consider firing all of 1.000,000+ military personnel for their inability to secure their homeland and instead recruit few thousand Taliban with good pay, at least taliban will fight until death, rather than resting in their barracks… Also, Pakistan can save a lot of money if not lives… Its utter shame to have worlds 7th largest military power and cannot fight few thousand gorilla fighters.

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  • Mirza
    Dec 31, 2012 - 10:26AM

    “So it is not a surprise that one of the first people the Taliban attacked when they entered Swat were the landlords. And in this, they rose to new heights of popularity. The Taliban know what they have to do to win the hearts and minds of the people.”
    These are the words from an Op Ed in today’s paper. These enemies of Pakistan and the state are praised as jihadist by some and we should remember their faces. The voters must know and remember who are the victims of these extremist terrorists and who their supporters are. Voters must remember the terrorists are only killing ANP and PPP leaders while their apologists are safe to roam around.

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  • Aristo
    Dec 31, 2012 - 11:02AM

    @KHAN: Mr. Ibrahim Faisal is absolutely correct. Even if it is RAW / CIA / Mossad or any body except Taliban itself, whose job is it to protect lives of Pakistani citizens. “They” have failed to protect us since they opened borders for every Tom, Dick and Harry to thrive on our land and turn it into an epicenter of terrorism.

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  • Randomstranger
    Dec 31, 2012 - 12:57PM

    @Mirza

    Name one PPP leader who got killed? PPP is equally responsible for not dealing with these terrorists. It is no longer a liberal party, like it was in the time of Benazir.

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