PESHAWAR- The officers and personnel of Khasadar Forces have refused to surrender security of several judicial lock ups and prisons in new district to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police and prison departments.
The officers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police and Prison department visited Jamrud, Landi Kotal and Bara of Khyber, Yakka Ghund and Ghalanai of Mohmand and several other places for getting control of prisons and lock ups. But they had failed to get the objectives when the personnel of Khasadar forces refused.
Tehsin Ullah Kokikhel Sobedar of Khasadar Forces when contacted has told Peshawar Today that after merger of FATA in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, they should be considered as part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police. Soon after merger, they held meetings with concerned quarters they agreed but now the authorities are reluctant to do so. Another member of Khasadar Action committee Satar Afridi said that their demands are just and genuine as they demanding adjustment of qualified, competent and experienced personnel of Khasadar in police force. Jalal Afridi reminded that former IGP Salah Ud Dim Mehsud agreed with their proposals but he was fired.
A high ranking political figure in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government claimed that they have been instructed by Premier Imran Khan to go for early extension of police force to new districts. In this respect, the provincial government has decided to first start recruitment of 6000 policemen and 2200 personnel of Levies Forces in according to merit. And along with scrutiny of Khasadar forces for the adjustment of educated, qualified and competent in police force. But due to misunderstanding the personnel and officers of Khasadar Forces are reluctant to let the government to start process.
According to data strength of Khasadar forces is above 17,000 whereas number of Levies Forces is around 11,000. Almost of these personnel are lacking proper police training and recruited on the basis of approach and recommendation of government loyal tribal elders.