Levies, Khassadars refuse to give polio drops to their children

PESHAWAR: The Levies and Khassadar force personnel have announced to boycott the upcoming polio vaccination campaign in the tribal districts.

All Fata Levies and Khassadar Force Chairman Subedar Major Said Jalal said in a statement on Wednesday that the Levies and Khassadars will not only boycott the security duties for polio vaccination, but will also not give polio drops to their own children if their demands were not accepted by the government. He said they will offer stiff resistance in case of deployment of police in the tribal districts.

Said Jalal is of the view that the government aims at bringing Khassadars and Levies under the police control without giving them the same perks and privileges, which is unacceptable.

Sources said the next polio vaccination campaign in the tribal districts may be affected if the Levies and Khassadars opted not to provide security to them. There are about 30,000 Levies and Khassadar personnel in the tribal districts who perform different security duties, including security for vaccination teams. The next polio vaccination campaign will kick off in the tribal districts on March 25.

Meanwhile, the sit-in of Khassadars and Levies personnel in favour of their demands continued for ninth consecutive day on Wednesday. The security personnel are staging sit-in at the Bab-e-Khyber in Khyber tribal district and say they will continue protest till acceptance of demands.

Participants of the sit-in say there are about 17,000 Khassadars and 9,000 Levies personnel in the tribal districts who will lose their jobs after deployment of police. They are also concerned over the fact that the KP government is not honouring the pledges made with them regarding their integration with police. They allege that the former inspector general of police Salahuddin Mehsud was transferred as he was favouring their genuine demands.

CTD action in DI Khan

The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in an operation has arrested two terrorists in Dera Ismail Khan.

The CTD officials said the arrested terrorists belonged to a proscribed organisation. A suicide jacket, two rocket launchers, 12 rocket-propelled grenades, 12 improvised explosive devices, four hand grenades and other arms were also recovered during the operation.

The operation was carried out in Jhok Hayat village of DI Khan.

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