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PTI urges DG-ISPR brief nation about security situation in KP

Recently, a fresh wave of militancy, extortion, and targeted killings has emerged in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

PTI has warned the nation about the deteriorating security situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and urged authorities to take the public into confidence over the dire situation.

PTI leader from Swat, Murad Saeed, released a video statement where he questioned the incumbent government’s silence on the rise in militancy and urged the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (DG-ISPR) to brief the nation on the nefarious activities from Afghanistan’s side in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Moreover, Murad Saeed requested DG ISPR to also take the nation into confidence over any agreements made with Afghanistan and security policies decided so that the fears and worries of the citizens, especially in KP, can be assuaged.

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“For Pakistan’s peace, for our future, and for Pakistan’s security, I would like to ask DG-ISPR to make the nation aware of the security threats, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” Murad Saeed said.

Security situation in KP

Last month, reports emerged of TTP militants making a comeback in Swat. This was an alarming development as Swat was once the poster image for the Pakistani Taliban’s reign of terror from 2007 to 2010.

As per reports from sources, over 400 militants returned to Swat. The return of militants in Swat raised concern as the area was previously a Taliban stronghold where the TV was banned, public hangings were not uncommon, and girls were barred from going to school. Fear racked up that history will repeat itself with the TTP resurfacing.

Owing to the panic, KP police assured the public that the Swat valley is fully under control. Moreover, ISPR also released a statement saying that said that a misperception about the presence of a large number of TTP’s armed members in Swat Valley has been created on social media.

“After confirmation on [the] ground, these reports have been found as grossly exaggerated and misleading,” the military’s media wing said. The ISPR also noted that there is the presence of a small number of armed men has been observed on a few mountain tops between Swat and Dir and a close watch is being maintained.

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However, in recent days, a fresh wave of militancy in the Malakand division and FATA has emerged, and a rise in the cases of extortion and targeted killings has also been witnessed.

Recently, four policemen were killed and two others sustained injuries when a convoy of Tank tehsil chairman Saddam Hussain Khan was ambushed by unidentified gunmen near Pai village on Friday night. Last month, two police constables were martyred by firing from unidentified assailants in the Tank district.