Shinwaris protest in Landi Kotal against night raids on their houses.
LANDI KOTAL -- Hundreds of Shinwari tribesmen held a demonstration here on Thursday to protest raids on their houses, arrest of people and impounding of non-custom paid vehicles by the security forces.
The protesters were holding black flags and placards inscribed with slogans against the arrest of their co-tribesmen and seizure of vehicles. They condemned unwarranted raids on their houses at nighttime and arrest of tribesmen.
They said that such acts would create anger and hatred against the security forces among tribesmen that could worsen the law and order situation. They said that the law enforcement agencies should stop smuggling of unregistered vehicles from Afghanistan instead of arresting innocent people and impounding their vehicles.
The protesters alleged that most of the impounded vehicles were then in personal use of government officials rather than surrendering the same to the Custom department.
'It is unlawful and misuse of official authority to terrorise innocent tribesmen in the name of security by conducting nighttime raids on houses without taking local elders and political administration into confidence,' said the protesters.
Demand release of arrested tribesmen, impounded vehicles till Feb 6
The protesters said that local administration and tribal elders should be involved in solution of issues related to law and order instead of restricting mobility of the ordinary tribesmen.
They set a deadline of February 6 for release of all the arrested tribesmen and impounded vehicles along with a halt to raids on private houses. 'We will not hesitate to hold protest outside the General Headquarters if our legitimate demands are not accepted,' they threatened.
OPEN COURT: Political Agent Khalid Mehmud has said that perks and privileges of pro-administration tribal elders will be linked with their role in resolving local disputes and assisting the authorities in disposal of civil nature cases.
Responding to public criticism of biased attitude of tribal elders in resolution of local disputes during an open court proceeding in Jamrud on Thursday, he said that growing number of undecided civil cases in Jamrud tehsil was a source of concern for administration.
'I believe that majority of the lungi holders and malaks are not paying their full attention to resolution of disputes and thus the number of civil cases is on the rise,' said the official. He added that services of such useless people were not required by the administration.