Arms seized: Over two dozen held in BKU search operation

Police say the operation was conducted to secure the area


Mureeb Mohmand January 14, 2017
Police present the arrested suspects and the recovered weapons. PHOTO: INP

SHABQADAR: Police have detained at least 25 suspects and confiscated a cache of weapons during a search operation in Sardheri, Bacha Khan University (BKU) and surrounding areas early Saturday morning.

As many as eight hand-grenades, 18 Kalashnikov assault rifles, nine other automatic rifles, 40 guns, 75 pistols and 22 shotguns were recovered during the search operation, conducted by police personnel, including the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD).

The operation, according to a statement issued by Charsadda district police, was conducted to secure the area.

Meanwhile, the student action committee at Bacha Khan University staged a protest and called for awarding honorary degrees to all students killed in militancy-related violence. They also urged the university administration to reimburse all dues paid by the students killed in violence.

Students also urged the authorities concerned to allow the committee members to attend the main function which is scheduled to be held on January 20.

Agitators blocked the Charsadda Bazaar and the protest march was led by Farooq Khan, the president of the student action committee.

He urged the university’s vice-chancellor to issue invitations to the parents of all students killed in violence.

In a press statement, the university’s media relations officer stated that the university’s administration would address a news conference on Monday about the progress made by the university.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2017.

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