12 militants arrested in Hangu, heavy ammunition seized

Published: August 22, 2013
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Seven grenades were found in possession of the militants.  PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS

Seven grenades were found in possession of the militants. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS

HANGU: At least 12 militants were arrested and heavy ammunition was seized in a successful operation carried out by security forces in Hangu, Express News reported on Thursday.

Seven hand grenades, a landmine and six Kalashnikovs were recovered from the possession of the arrested militants.

A suspected militant was arrested after he opened fire at security forces and police officials during their visit to sensitive polling stations in Hangu on Tuesday. District Police Officer (DPO) Hangu Sajjad Khan said security officials along with the police were visiting the Togh Sarao polling station when the incident occurred.

According to Khan, the police along with the security forces launched a search operation following the incident and arrested the suspect, Abdul Nazir, a resident of Trai Bandha. An AK-47 along with 33 bullets were seized from his possession.

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  • Fasih Rana
    Aug 22, 2013 - 3:41PM

    How come all these militant are being arrested now? What was the last government doing?
    All points to the fact that they let the country rot while being busy fattening up their bank accounts.

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  • umar
    Aug 22, 2013 - 3:47PM

    Should have been shot right there and then

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  • iLiberal
    Aug 22, 2013 - 3:58PM

    @umar:

    I agree. Why don’t they just shoot and kill them at the spot. Why is the point of getting them through our corrupt and weak judicial system where they will get bail and/or will break jails.

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  • Nb
    Aug 22, 2013 - 4:02PM

    @ Umar

    Shooting won’t solve the problem.The govt. should offer amnesty to militants and rehabilitate them with vocational training/employment and shut down madrassahs.This is the only effective way to end militancy with zero bloodshed.

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  • Nb
    Aug 22, 2013 - 4:15PM

    @ Umar

    Amnesty will encourage many more militants to give up arms.This is the only permanent & effective way to end militancy with zero bloodshed.Recommend

  • umar
    Aug 22, 2013 - 4:46PM

    @Nb..amnesty might work for regular people..for e.g illegal immigrants or other petty offenders…However, when someone is prepared to blow himself up and is fighting an ideological war, amnesty is irrelevant. These people will never avail it as it will defeat their purpose of imposing their evil agenda.

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  • Proletarian
    Aug 22, 2013 - 4:48PM

    @Nb
    Nope they should shoot the militants AND shut down the madressahs. Those who kill innocents must not go unpunished. Stop sympathizing with your murderous co-sectarians.

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Aug 22, 2013 - 6:01PM

    @ Nb, Amnesty would be relevant if we are puniishing those who are not giving up promptly and firmly, since we are not doing that the terrorist don’t care about any incentive as they are the one with upper hand. Why give up arms when you have upper hand.

    Suggestion of shooting them on site is more due to frustration as nothing gets done in courts. Best way is to do trial and punish QUICKLY and provider protection to witness and reform the witness laws.

    Besides, the victims of these barbarians need rehabilitation and vocational training and jobs first. Don’t you think?

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  • Aug 22, 2013 - 8:36PM

    We congratulate the security forces in KP for their quick action in apprehending terrorists and avoiding potential terrorist’s attacks. The recent actions by security officials have put the terrorists on their back foot. This is the time to exert more pressure and make the enemy give up their evil games and join the mainstream peaceful society, or get arrested and spend rest of their lives in prisons. We standby and support the efforts of Pakistan in making the region safe and secure.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET-United States Central Command

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  • khan
    Aug 22, 2013 - 9:57PM

    @Fasih Rana:
    Inshallah they will pay for their crimes in this world and world here after. they have forgotten that they are going to die one day.

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Aug 23, 2013 - 1:49AM

    @khan:
    Not only the terrorists but all those who helped them to flourish and those who supports them and also all those whose negligence have caused so much bloodshed….all are accomplice in this madness.

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