Peshawar Police: Pashtun canon-fodder in Pakistan army’s Jihad Enterprise

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We lost yet another honourable Pashtun in Pakistani nation's war against Pakistan army's Jihadis

Here is a collection of reports from last three weeks which suggest that the Jihadi-sectarian proxies of Pakistan army (Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba etc) have increased their attacks on Peshawar police (mainly comprising Pashtun officers and men). It is our considered view that as long as Pakistan army is pursuing its semi-military operations via Jihadi-sectarian mercenaries, such attacks on Pashtuns, Shias, Balochs and other persecuted groups will keep taking place.

In the meanwhile, Pakistan’s urban elites including corporate media (both Urdu and English), human rights organizations (HRCP, Amnesty, HRW etc) and civil society leaders continue to ignore the Pashtun genocide at the hands of Pakistan army backed Jihadis.


Suicide attack on Peshawar police station kills four
24th February, 2012

PESHAWAR: Taliban suicide bombers armed with assault rifles and grenades attacked a large police station in Peshawar early Friday, killing four officers in an assault meant to avenge the death of a militant commander in a US drone strike.

City police chief Imtiaz Altaf said three militants entered the compound after attacking the main gate, then blew themselves up when police returned fire, he said.

”They wanted to occupy this police station, but they failed,” he told reporters. Four policemen were killed and six wounded in the attack, said police officer Sattar Khan.

There were more than 370 policemen at the station at the time of the assault, said provincial Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain.

The number of policemen was so high because authorities send graduates of the police training academy to the station for 18 months before stationing them at other posts.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan told The Associated Press the attack was carried out by an affiliated group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigade.

Abu Zarar, a man who claimed to be a spokesman for the Abdullah Azzam Brigade, also told the AP that the group executed the attack.

He said it was in response to the death of one of the group’s commanders, Badar Mansoor, in a US drone strike on Feb. 9.


Celebrated SP killed in Peshawar suicide bombing
March 16, 2012

Javed Aziz Khan

PESHAWAR: In yet another attack on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, Superintendent of Police (SP), Rural, Peshawar, Kalam Khan, was killed when a suicide bomber detonated himself near Khanís official vehicle on the Ring Road, Pishtakhara Chowk, on Thursday.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Operations, Peshawar, Tahir Ayub, told reporters that SP Kalam Khan lost his life in the attack while two other cops in his vehicle were wounded. The wounded policemen included SP Kalam Khan’s driver, Liaqat, and gunman Hidayat. An unidentified passer-by was also injured. They were all taken to the Hayatabad Medical Complex and Lady Reading Hospital for treatment.

The chief of the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU), Shafqat Malik, said it was a suicide attack in which six kilogrammes of explosives and ball bearings were used. He said the remains of suicide bomber had been collected for forensic examination. ìThe bomber was on foot. He detonated explosives strapped around his body when the vehicle of Kalam Khan slowed down due to the under-construction road on the Pishtakhara Chowk,” a police official said.

He said the bomber hit the side of the vehicle where Kalam Khan was seated. The vehicle was badly damaged. An auto-rickshaw and a van were also caught in the explosion and damaged. Heavy police contingents rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area after the explosion.

The site of the attack is hardly five kilometres from the Khyber Agency and has witnessed a number of attacks by militants, including at least three suicide bombings. A police barricade has been erected on two places in the square to stop the entry of suspicious elements from the Khyber Agency into Peshawar.

Senior police officers recalled Kalam Khan’s contributions to restore peace in Peshawar and Swat. “He contributed more than anyone to make Peshawar safe and secure. Peshawar owes a lot to Kalam Khan,” Kashif Alam, who commanded Kalam Khan as SSP Peshawar in the past, told The News.

Another former SSP Ijaz Ahmad said Kalam Khan was an honest and brave officer. “He worked more than his SHOs. As a person with undaunted courage and a smiling face, he was praiseworthy,” said Ijaz Ahmad.

After Commandant Frontier Constabulary Safwat Ghayur, CCPO Peshawar Malik Saad and DPO Bannu Iqbal Marwat, Kalam Khan was the fourth senior- most police officer of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to have been killed by suicide bombers.

Interior Minister Rahman Malik had announced the Pakistan Police Medal for Kalam Khan in August last year. Meanwhile, security was put on high alert in Peshawar after the suicide attack on the celebrated senior cop. The FC Plaza in Peshawar Saddar was closed to visitors to avoid any attack on the adjacent headquarters of the Frontier Constabulary. Police personnel at all entry points were alerted and directed to keep check on suspicious vehicles due to intelligence reports of another possible bombing in Peshawar on Thursday.

The funeral prayer for the slain police commander was offered at the Malik Saad Shaheed Police Lines in Peshawar. It was attended by Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti, Governor Barrister Masood Kausar, Inspector General of Police Akbar Hoti and a number of ministers and police and army officials.

The spokesman for TTP’s Darra Adamkhel chapter, Mohammad, called reporters in Kohat and Peshawar to claim responsibility for the attack, saying Kalam Khan was targeted for carrying out actions against the militants. “SP Kalam was in the forefront of operation, arresting and killing our colleagues. He raided the house of one of our colleagues in Azakhel and took away his 11-year-old son, Hamza, who is still missing,” he said in his call from an undisclosed location.

The spokesman said their cell set up to organise revenge attacks had in the past killed Safwat Ghayur, Deputy Superintendent of Police Rasheed and station house officers Ajmir Shah and Riaz Bangash and would continue targeting others on the hit-list.

Officer Fazal Wahid says Khan has previously served in the Swat Valley, scene of intense fighting in 2010 between security forces and Islamist militants.

“He was instrumental in stopping militants from entering Peshawar city,” according to Mian Iftikhar Hussain, a senior government official, who said the violence by militants would not discourage their fight against terror in Pakistan’s northwest.


IED attack on police van in Mattani area, no casualties
March 17, 2012

By Riaz Ahmad

PESHAWAR: A remote-controlled bomb attack on a police van on Saturday in the Mattani area damaged the vehicle but the policemen remained unhurt.
The attack came at the time when gatherings were being held in police stations across the area in memory of senior police official Kalam Khan who was killed in a suicide attack on Thursday.
The bomb, which was placed at the side of the road, was a remote-controlled IED (Improvised Explosive Device), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Tahir Ayub said.
“The bomb was of around 4kg that was used to target the police. However, our men remained unhurt,” he added.
The incident occurred in the Darwazgai locality of Kohat road and falls in the jurisdiction of Mattani Police Station, where police officials throughout the area usually gather to pay tribute to Khan.
Khan was heading the police force in the troubled rural areas of Peshawar and was killed in a suicide attack when he was on a routine check near the Pishtakhara chowk.


Injured Special Branch official dies in Peshawar
March 19, 2012

SWABI: A hawaldar of the Special Branch, Ali Zar Khan, succumbed to his injuries at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital on Sunday, police said. Sources said Khan was seriously injured when two unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on him at Yar Hussain Bazaar on Saturday evening. After the attack, the assailants fled from the scene. Khan was taken to the Mardan District Headquarters Hospital and from there he was shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. He hailed from the Yar Hussain village. Ziaullah, the son of the deceased, has registered an FIR against the unidentified attackers. staff report


Pakistani policemen and rescue workers collect evidence at the bomb blast site in Peshawar on march 20, 2012. A bomb planted in a rickshaw killed two policemen and wounded four other people in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, police and hospital officials said. PHOTO: AFP

Two policemen killed in Peshawar blast
March 21, 2012

PESHAWAR: A bomb planted in a rickshaw killed two policemen, including a sub-inspector, and wounded five other people on Tuesday, when a police van was targeted on Ring Road, administration officials said.

Sub-inspector Hazrat Ali and constable Husain Khan were killed while five other people were injured in the explosion, Peshawar District Coordination Officer Siraj Ahmed told the media at the attack site.

Initial investigation revealed that unidentified people had placed 12 kilogrammes of explosives in a rickshaw parked on the roadside. “As the police patrol van approached the vehicle, the explosive material was detonated remotely,” police said.

“At least two policemen were killed and two others were wounded,” doctor Rahim Jan of state-run Lady Reading Hospital told AFP. Two civilians were also wounded and brought to hospital, he said. Senior police official Tahir Ayub confirmed the attack and the death toll. The attack comes five days after a suicide bomber killed a senior police official, Kalam Khan, on the same road. Peshawar has a population of 2.5 million people and has long been on the frontline of violence blamed on Taliban militants.

Two policemen, including a sub-inspector, were killed and two others were seriously injured when a remote controlled bomb hit a police van patrolling on Kohat Road in the provincial capital on Tuesday evening. According to bomb disposal squad officials, about one kilogramme of explosives were used in the bomb and its target was Additional Station House Officer (SHO) Hazrat Ali. One of the dead cops was identified as Hussain Khan. In the last few months, targeted attacks against police have increased and several policemen have been killed in the fresh wave of terrorism. A few days ago, SP (Rural) Kalam Khan was killed in a suicide attack when he was on his way to office from his residence in Hayatabad.

3 Comments to “Peshawar Police: Pashtun canon-fodder in Pakistan army’s Jihad Enterprise”

  1. “Superintendent of Police for Rural Peshawar, Kalam Khan, was on the way to his office at Malik Saad Shaheed Police Lines … when a suicide bomber blew himself up close to his vehicle,” said Tahir Ayub Dawar, senior superintendent of police (SSP) operations in Peshawar.
    Kalam, 58, died immediately and his vehicle was destroyed, said police official Jalaluddin.
    The driver, Hidayat, and another policeman, Liaqat, were wounded and were taken to the Hayatabad Medical Complex, Jalaluddin said. A wounded passer-by was shifted to Lady Reading Hospital, he said.
    TTP takes responsibility

    Muhammad, spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), called reporters in Kohat to claim responsibility.
    “Kalam had raided the house of our member in Azakhel and picked up his 11-year-old son, Hamza, who is missing since then. He also conducted raids on our people. That is why he was killed,” Muhammad said, according to a Kohat media representative who spoke to Central Asia Online. Muhammad also said more police officers are on the TTP’s hit list, he said.
    Police said the pedestrian suicide bomber detonated explosives wrapped around his body after Kalam’s vehicle slowed down near a police check-post in Pishtakhara Chowk.
    The spot is just 5km from the troubled Khyber Agency, and a number of terrorist attacks, including at least three suicide bombings, have hit the square in recent years.
    Shafqat Malik, assistant inspector general of the Bomb Disposal Unit, said his men had collected some of the bomber’s remains. The culprit used 6kg of explosives packed with ball bearings.
    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Barrister Masud Kausar said the government will continue its fight against the militants, adding, “Their network will be eliminated soon.”
    Kalam’s fight against terrorism

    Senior police praised Kalam.
    “If Peshawar is safe today, there is a huge contribution of Kalam in it,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Kashif Alam, who commanded Kalam as SSP of Peshawar in 2008-2009, told Central Asia Online.
    “Perhaps Kalam Khan was the only officer who you could say was always in the field, organising lashkar peace committees, establishing police posts, plugging all routes leading into Peshawar,” said another former SSP of Peshawar, Ijaz Ahmad.
    Kalam is the fourth senior KP police officer to be killed by suicide bombers in recent years. Others include Frontier Constabulary Commandant Safwat Ghayur, DIG Malik Saad and SSP Iqbal Marwat.
    In August, the Pakistani government conferred the Pakistan Police Medal, a top award for police gallantry, upon Kalam for leading the fight against militants in rural Peshawar. Kalam led several operations against militants in Matani, Badhaber and Mathra. He also led several actions during his posting in Malakand in 2007 and 2008.
    Kalam joined the police force in 1975. He served in the troubled Swat, Dir and Buner districts before his posting to Peshawar.
    Militants earlier kidnapped one of his sons but eventually released him.

  2. Swat mourns the death of SP Kalam Khan
    Fayaz Zafar | March 15, 2012 | News
    SP Abdul Kalam Khan, victim of yesterday’s (Thursday) suicide attack was a well-known name in Swat as he had spent much of his police service in Swat. He was especially known for his endearing pet word Afsara.
    Since his first recruitment in the police department in 1975, Kalam Khan performed his duties as an SHO at various police stations in Swat including Saidu Sharif, Mingora city, Kabal and Matta police stations. After getting promotion on 1 October 2004, he was posted as DSP Mingora City. However, after serving for 3 years as DSP, he was promoted to the rank of SP and was transferred to Peshawar.
    Due to his softness and affection, the people of Swat loved and respected him. He showed great courage and valor during the Swat crisis. Even the kidnapping of his son by the militants could not daunt him.
    His death in a suicide attack in Peshawar spread like the fire of the jungle sending a wave of grief over Swat.

  3. Adding to list of police martyrs
    19 March 2012

    By Afzal Hussain Bokhari

    Renewed wave of violence in KP claimed the life of another brave officer on Thursday. While on way from his residence in Hayatabad to office, as his Toyota double-cabin van slowed down near Pishtakhara Chowk, an alleged suicide bomber blew himself up by striking the left side of the vehicle where SSP (rural) Abdul Kalam Khan dreamily sat watching the flow of traffic. With the taste of morning tea still fresh in mouth, the SSP gasped for breath as he got entrapped into the twisted iron fixtures of the badly damaged automobile. Critically wounded, the officer succumbed to his injuries on the spot before any medical assistance could be provided to him. Within minutes of his death, news channels of satellite television flashed his picture on their screens. With a neatly trimmed gray beard, he looked as the wise, old man of the East. Also hit in the blast, his driver Liaquat and gunman Hidayat were rushed to the hospital.

    Born on November 10, 1954 in Jandol, Lower Dir, Abdul Kalam joined police as assistant sub-inspector in 1975 after doing his FSc. During early phase of service, he remained posted in various police stations of Malakand division. On strength of spotless service, he got promoted to the rank of a DSP in 2003. Apart from serving in Swat, Buner and Charsadda, he also worked in special branch, investigation wing and police training school (Hangu). In 2009, he got promoted to Grade 18 and was appointed as SP Elite Force. On October 28 the same year, he got posted as SP City while since January 23, 2010, he had been serving as SP (rural).

    Offered on the lawns of the District Police Lines, his funeral prayers were attended among others by Governor Barrister Masood Kausar, CM Ameer Haider Hoti and IGP Akbar Khan Hoti. The last remains of the police officer were flown to his native place by helicopter. Over the years, militancy and target killings have claimed the lives of more than 700 security personnel. Prominent among these were AIG (traffic) Farooq Haider, AIG Sifwat Ghayyur (August 4, 2010), DIG Abid Ali, chief of Capital City Police, DIG Malik Mohammad Sa’ad (January 7, 2007) and DPO Bannu, Iqbal Khan Marwat.

    One is not issuing any kind of a charge-sheet against the devoted police officer but a section of the mainstream press reported that a spokesman of TTP Darra Adamkhel phoned newspersons in Peshawar and Kohat to say that Abdul Kalam was done away with as he remained in the forefront of the operation cleanup against militants in Mattani and Badhber areas.

    TTP accused the assassinated SSP of raiding the house of a suspect in Azakhel and taking away his 11-year-old son Hamza who continued to be ‘missing’. Meanwhile, colleagues of Abdul Kalam recalled his meritorious services and said that he had been instrumental in restoring peace first in Swat and then in Peshawar. He was so brave that during operations and armed encounters, he used to be at the head of his SHOs with his Kalashnikov gun.
    Mutual differences and their frank expression have long been the features of a democratic setup.

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