Local Lashkar?, “Peace Committee”?, Taliban? Ignite Blood Feud In DI Khan, Pakistan

Taliban Office Burning Dera Ismail Khan

 

At least 80 detained, DPO transferred after DI Khan tragedy

Published: February 7, 2018
Members of Wazir tribe set ablaze offices of Aman Lashkar. SCREENGRAB

Members of Wazir tribe set ablaze offices of Aman Lashkar. SCREENGRAB

PESHAWAR: At least 80 were arrested on Wednesday in Dera Ismail Khan while the District Police Officer (DPO) transferred after a mob, belonging to Ahmadzai Wazir tribe, set ablaze offices of Aman Lashkar.

According to Commissioner DI Khan Abdul Ghafoor Baig, angry mob of the Wazir tribe set offices of the group and two cars in Madina Colony on fire to protest the alleged murder of a young man by a member of Aman Lashkar.

Family of the deceased, Idrees, claimed his car had crashed into the accused’s vehicle resulting in a heated-argument between the two parties. Later a member of Aman Lashkar opened fire on Idrees and his family – killing the young man and injuring his brother.

DI Khan incident: K-P police chief told to file response today

Following the incident, Wazir and other tribes of South Waziristan demanded immediate arrest of the suspect, threatening to stage a protest.

A statement from the office of DI Khan Deputy Inspector-General Police Syed Fida Hussain said the suspect had surrendered himself as the police were in search of two other suspects involved in the murder.

He added that the individuals who were part of the mob that burned down properties will also be prosecuted according to the law.

The statement also said that the individuals, who reacted in the aftermath of the murder, by burning down properties, shall also be dealt with harshly and according to the law.

Deobandi terrorists’ offices put on fire in DI Khan, Waziristan

Reacting to the killing of a youth from South Waziristan Agency, enraged mob stormed the offices of Deobandi terrorist group and set on fire two compounds and vehicles in Dera Ismail Khan on Tuesday, sources said.

Family members of the deceased, Idrees Wazir, alleged that he had quarrelled with a Deobandi militant commander belonging to Mehsud tribe after a road accident in the city two days ago.
They said that both sides agreed to a patch up following the accident. They said that Deobandi militants, who had offices in the main city, killed Idrees on February 4. Following the killing of Idrees, the tribesmen of Ahmadzai Wazir residing in Tank and Dera Ismail Khan held a protest and set up a camp.
Their fellow tribesmen from Wana, the administrative headquarters of South Waziristan Agency, also rushed to Dera Ismail Khan and joined the protest. The killing of Idrees sparked anger among his fellow tribesmen in Wana and other parts of South Waziristan Agency.
Sources said that the angry tribesmen blocked the Bannu Road to every kind of traffic. They said that the ‘pro-government peace committee members’ opened fire on an inn, owned by a local businessman Ghazi Khan, that killed Idrees Wazir.
Police say action will be taken against them for taking law into hands
Sources said that following the murder, Wazir tribesmen took the body of Idrees to GPO Chowk and staged protest. However, they dispersed peacefully after the authorities assured them of action.
On Tuesday, the tribesmen again took to the streets and attacked the compounds of the so-called peace committee in Madina Colony. Unruly mob torched two compounds and two vehicles on the occasion.
Separately, police in a statement said that a group resorted to firing after a spat between youths in the Sheikh Yousaf Adda area of the district on February 4. The statement said that the firing left one youth dead while another was injured.
It said that local police immediately registered FIR of the incident on Tuesday morning and arrested the main suspect, Sher Khan Mehsud, while they were striving to arrest the other suspect.
The statement said that on Tuesday afternoon, the complainant party attacked the property of their rivals and took law into their hands. “We are taking action against those, who took law in their own hands,” it added.
The video and footages of the incident went viral on the social media that showed that a mob chanting slogans against the militant group was torching properties. The tribesmen were seen hurling stones at the burning vehicles outside the compound.
About a year ago, it was reported that the Deobandi militants had opened offices in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Militant groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata have changed their modus operandi to initiate their activities in the name of peace committees.


A tribal council of Wazir and Mehsud tribespeople decided to set fire to the Taliban office after authorities failed to arrest militants.
A tribal council of Wazir and Mehsud tribespeople decided to set fire to the Taliban office after authorities failed to arrest militants.

Protesters angry over the killing of a young man have set fire to what they claim was a Taliban office in the northwestern Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Tribal leaders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s southern city of Dera Ismail Khan say hundreds of Pashtun tribespeople torched the office of a pro-government Taliban commander on February 6.

Local police, however, says they have arrested one of the accused and cautioned residents against taking the law into their own hands.

Zafar Wazir, a tribal leader, says a tribal council of Wazir and Mehsud tribespeople decided to set fire to the office after authorities failed to arrest militants loyal to Taliban commander Misbah Mehsud, whom they blame for the February 4 killing of realtor Idrees Wazir.

“The victim’s father had identified these Taliban as the perpetrators of his killing [in a police report],” he told Radio Mashaal. “Two cars were also burned at the Taliban office, and the protesters found weapons and fake license plates at the site.”

The incident comes amid a Pashtun protest in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. Since February 1, thousands of Mehsuds and Wazirs have been joined by fellow Pashtuns from across the northwestern Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to demand justice and an end to their oppression.

The protest was prompted by the unlawful killing of shopkeeper Naqeebullah Mehsud in what authorities have confirmed was a gunbattle staged by the police.

Pakistan’s northwestern Pashtun belt — comprising FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and northern districts of southwestern Balochistan Province — has paid a steep price for serving as the epicenter of the global war on terrorism for more than a decade.

Zafar Wazir says the protesters in Dera Ismail Khan were dispersed after local authorities assured them they would soon arrest the suspected murderers.

“If the suspects are not arrested swiftly, our protest will mushroom into something much bigger,” he said.

Shafiullauh Wazir, another tribal leader, says they only wish for justice.

“We want the government and the state to fulfill its responsibilities and immediately nab the real culprits,” he told Radio Mashaal. “We will go forward in accordance with the law. If the killing of our youth doesn’t stop immediately and we are denied justice, our protests will continue,” he said.

In a statement late on February 6, police in Dera Ismail Khan said they had arrested the main suspect, Sher Khan Mehsud, and are trying to arrest another, Atta-ur Rehman.

The statement also said the police are searching for those who set fire to buildings and vehicles. “We will not allow anyone to take the law into their hands,” the statement said.

Several protesters told Radio Mashaal they had been assured the alleged killers would be arrested soon.

Misbah Mehsud or anyone affiliated with his group has not commented on the incident.

Pakistani media reports suggest Misbah Mehsud and his followers were seen as pro-government militants after they splintered from the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in 2008. The group was one of several small Taliban splinter groups operating in Dera Ismail Khan and neighboring Tank district in recent years.