PESHAWAR: A grand jirga of Tribal elders of Frontier Region (FR) Bannu, Mohmand Khel, BaKa Khel and Jani Khel have unanimously imposed fine on all those Levies and Khasadar men who have accepted shoulder promotions and joined the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police without the consent of their respective tribes.

The jirga has warned that if the titles and other incentives were not returned within 10 days to the KP Police, the Jirga will impose a fine of Rs 1 million on each levy and Khasadar mam, who has joined the KP police.

Notable tribal elders, Levies and Khasaders personnel including Akhtar Zaman, Liaqat, Malik Daud Khan, Malik Sher Ghali Khan, Lali Zaman, Abbas Ali, Sher Wali Khan Sobedar Muhammad Noor, Sobedar Gohar Khan and other elders while addressing the grand jirga said that those who have joined the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police department should no more come to Khasadars and levies packets and check posts for duty.

Sobedar Muhammad Noor, who is from Jani Khel tribe said that the way in which the KP government is merging the Levies and Khasadars forces in KP police is not acceptable to them. Muhammad Noor added that the government is only providing shoulder promotion to them without incentives and salaries provided to policemen in the province. He asked the government that if they are serious enough to fully merge them with KP Police, the government should provide them with a proper service structure.

It is pertinent to mention here that such a Jirga was earlier held in North Waziristan, where a unanimous decision was taken against all those who have joined the KP police force, without the consent of their respective tribes.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced to merge both the paramilitary forces with the KP police, during the coming six months. Government has promised that they will be provided salaries and other incentives at par with KP police personnel.

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