PESHAWAR: The families of Levies and Khassadar personnel, who embraced martyrdom in the war against terrorism in merged tribal districts, will get Shuhada Package.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has also decided to upgrade the posts of Malakand Levies from BPS-5 to BPS-7.

Decisions to this effect were taken in a meeting chaired by KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in Peshawar on Thursday. The meeting discussed the issues of Levies and Khassadar personnel of merged tribal districts.

The meeting decided that one of the heirs of each martyr would be inducted into police force, and other incentives under the Shuhada package would also be given to the affected families of Levies and Khassadar personnel who embraced martyrdom in the war against terrorism.

Provincial Minister Anwar Zeb, MPA Mohammad Shafique Afridi, Inspector General Police (IGP) Dr Sanaullah Abbasi, Secretary Home Ikramullah and other concerned high ups attended the meeting.

Chief Minister Mahmood Khan directed the concerned authorities to immediately complete all the pre-requisites and process a summary for formal approval. The chief minister also approved regularisation of left over 511 personnel/officials of Mohmand special Khassadar Force, and directed the concerned quarters to submit the matter for the approval of the provincial cabinet. Mahmood Khan directed the concerned quarters to take necessary steps for the redressal of other issues of Mohmand Special Khassadar Force on priority basis.

The chief minister said that Levies and Khassadar personnel have been absorbed into the regular police of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; that’s why now they should have all the facilities of KP Police including Police Shuhada Package. He said that like other forces, Levies and Khassadar have also made sacrifices during the war against terrorism; they were martyrs of the nation because they have rendered their lives for the national cause.

Mahmood Khan said that the KP government will not let the security personnel of merged districts alone and continue to support them, adding that they would also be provided all the incentives of Police Shuhada Package of the province.

The integration of Levies and Khassadar personnel in KP Police is continuing after merger of erstwhile Fata with KP.