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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet has approved the summary of integration of 556 Khassadar and Levies personnel in North and South Waziristan tribal districts moved by Inspector General Police (IGP) Sanaullah Abbasi.

After the cabinet approval, a formal notification of the integration of 556 Levies and Khassadars into KP Police has been issued. According to the notification, 233 Khassadars from North Waziristan and 279 Khassadars and 44 Levies personnel from South Waziristan have been integrated into KP Police.

The Levies and Khassadar subedars have been given the rank of sub-inspectors, naib subedars have got the rank of assistant sub-inspectors, havaldars have got rank of head constables, naiks got rank of LHC and sepoys got rank of police constables. Six Khassadars have been given the rank of sub-inspectors, one as ASI, 22 as head constables, 30 as constables B-1 (LHC) and 453 as constables. The 44 sepoys in North Waziristan have also been given the rank of constables.

A notification of integration of 1,500 Levies and Khassadar personnel into KP Police was also issued last week. The process of merger of Khassadars and Levies with KP Police is being completed with a rapid pace as per the pledge made by the government at the time of merger of erstwhile Fata with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Speaking on the occasion, KP IGP Sanaullah Abbasi said the promise of giving the ranks of police to Khassadars and Levies in merged tribal districts is being implemented with good pace. He congratulated the newly integrated Khassadars and Levies men for becoming part of KP Police and also welcomed them into the force. He said the government is taking steps to improve the capacity of police and providing it all facilities.

The KP Police chief said the training of policemen from merged tribal districts will begin in Peshawar from August 03. He said the process of providing vehicles to police of merged districts has also been initiated. He said steps are also being taken to provide modern arms to police in tribal districts to enable them to be prepared for any challenge.

People of merged districts have also welcomed the integration of Levies and Khassadars into KP Police.