PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to empower the Khasadar and levies forces to take reasonability of policing tribal districts after their induction into the regular police force through legislation.

The decision was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by the governor KP Shah Farman. Chief Minister Mehmood Khan, Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant general Shaheed Mazhar, Inspector General Police Salahuddin Khan Mehsud, Information minister Shaukat Yousafzai and Advocate General Abdul Latif Yousafzai participated.

In the meeting, it was decided to pass the KP force Levies act, 2019 and Khassadar force act, 2019 from the provincial assembly to clear the legal hurdles in the way of the two forces merger into the KP police.

Directions were issued to home and tribal affairs department to prepare the drafts of both the act within a month so that it can be presented in the assembly without any delay. The acts, once passed, will bring both forces under the KP Police chief.

Directions were also issued that while preparing the drafts laws, special attention should be given on the salaries and privileges of both the paramilitary forces at par with the regular police. The district police officer will be given charge of the commanding officer of both the forces while Director General (DG) Levies will be a police officer who will be appointed by the provincial police chief.

While addressing the meeting, Governor KP Shah Farman said as the Levies and Khasadar forces are already having the responsibility to maintain the peace and order in the tribal belt, therefore, they should retain the responsibilities under the provincial police chief.

Chief Minister Mehmood Khan said on this occasion said that the government has sped up the process of development in the tribal districts that will ultimately benefit the tribal people. “Peace has been restored in tribal districts with sacrifices of Pak army and tribal people,” said Mehmood Khan.  He added the government will provide all facilities to tribal people and Levies and Khassadar forces will never be made jobless.

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