1726 police martyred in war against terrorism: Shaukat

Wadood Jan

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Shaukat Yousafzai said on Friday that in the war against terrorism 1726 police have sacrificed their lives while 1652 have been injured adding that in the recognition of their offerings provincial government has increased shuhada package for police families.

He was speaking at press conference, held here at Provincial Cabinet Room at Civil Secretariat, and said that the families of martyred police constable to inspector level will get Rs10 million as shuhada package, families of martyred DSP would receive Rs15 million and families of martyred SP to DIG level will get Rs20 million.

He added that special packages will be provided to injured Ghazis.

Deputy Inspector General Fasih Ud Din, PRO to IGP Riaz Khan and other officials were also present on the occasion.

Shaukat Yousafzai said that it was the duty of police force to fight street crime but they succeeded in beating terrorism and police became the front line force fighting militancy.

He added that Levies and Khasadar forces in merged districts offered their lives to bring peace in the region.

He maintained that due to the immense sacrifices of police force peace prevails in every corner of the province and that is why people who could not come to to this province are now coming with metal tranquility.

“People now even hold sit-ins on open roads,” he said and added that he on behalf of the government and general masses pays tribute to this brave force of police.

He recalled that Head Constable Mohammad Riaz embraced shahadat at the Peshawar Press Club (PPPC) while foiling a bid of suicide attacks on journalists.

Shaukat Yousafzai said that ‘Yoom-e-Shuhuda’ will be celebrated on August, 4 ever year to pay tribute to the countless sacrifices of police force.

While paying tribute to the sacrifices of ladies police, he said that ladies police constable Aaliyah from Swat, Shazia from Nowshera and Yasmeen from Peshawar have made history by giving up their lives and embracing shahadat in war against terrorism.

The minister stated that the government and the public will never forget the sacrifices of the police force.

Shaukat said that there could be some complaints against the conduct and approach of some police personnel but for the individual and personal acts of a few police personnel the whole police force can not be blamed.

He maintained that the police department is free, independent and there is no political interference in the department.

Shaukat Yousafzai said that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially the people of Peshawar, have made great sacrifices in the fight against terrorism, included businessmen, students, lawyers, politicians from all sects of life.