Khasadar, Levies oppose extension of police act to tribal districts

Published: March 13, 2019
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A token hunger strike was observed in protest. PHOTO: FILE

A token hunger strike was observed in protest. PHOTO: FILE

LANDI KOTAL: Khasadar and Levies personnel deployed in the recently merged tribal districts have decided to continue their opposition to the extension of the police act and staged a hunger style in district Jamrud, pressuring the government to accept their demands.

A grand meeting of the Levies and Khasadar personnel was held in Peshawar’s Bagh-e-Naran, led by Syed Jalal and Jehangir Khan Afridi on Tuesday.

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While addressing the gathering Jalal said that the government is making the affairs related to the ex FATA complex, now through conspiracies, “they (government) have brought the Khasadar and Levies forces within the police, but they have denied the perks and privileges to them”.

“We were in agreement with former IG KP over the 22 points for merging the Levies and Khasadar force with the police, and he assured that the future of the forces would be safe, but the PTI government has not only transferred the IG and also sacked those who had favoured us,” Jehangir Khan Afridi said.

Meanwhile, the traders association in Khyber agency have also raised their voice against the extension of the police act. “We would stand shoulder to shoulder with our forces in the time of need.”

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Later a token hunger strike was observed and the road from Peshawar to Turkham remained blocked for transportation and all trading centers also remained closed.

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