A jirga of the Khyber Political Alliance in Landi Kotal has called for an end to targeted killings. The jirga, held on December 6, discussed security in the area and government restrictions on local businesses.
Meanwhile, Mufti Mohammad Ijaz, local leader of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, said targeted killings had resumed in the area and should be stopped. He added that gunmen kill people on a dark night and then no one asks why they were killed, who killed them. “security agencies and police should be questioned. What are the security agencies here for?” He questioned
Local leaders from the Pakistan People’s Party and the Awami National Party (ANP) spoke again about the ban on business in Torkham due to government sanctions.
Hazrat Wali Afridi, the local leader of the People’s Party, said that when government agencies imposed restrictions on the business of local tribes in Torkham, no one raised a voice, so now all the tribes are facing the problem of unemployment. we should rase voice with unity against state sanctions on businesses,”the move had left people jobless”. He added
Awami National Party (ANP) leader Syeda Jan at the Torkham gate demanded passage without passports and visas, reduction of power load shedding in Khyber district and non-customs paid vehicles should be allowed within the district.
Shafiq Sher, a member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, assured that he would share the problems with the Chief Minister.
The jirga was convened after unidentified gunmen killed a businessman, a police officer, two soldiers and a tribal elder in Khyber in recent days were the victims of target killing and no arrests have been made so far.