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Shia community voices concern over targeted killings

A delegation of Imamia Jirga called on Commissioner, Peshawar Division, Sahibzada Mohammad Anis and expressed concern over the targeted killings, extortions and threatening telephone calls and letters to them. The meeting was part of the series of meetings initiated by the Divisional Commissioner, Sahibzada Mohammad Anis with the people from different walks of life including traders, notables and industrialists for the resolution of the problems faced by the common man.

In this connection, the Divisional Commissioner met the delegations of traders, industrialists, lawyers, students, political workers, religious organisations and non-governmental organisations on every Saturday briefed about their problems and issued directives for their immediate resolution. For promotion of religious harmony and maintenance of the environment of law and order, the Commissioner held a meeting with a delegation of Imamia Jirga. The delegation was led by Sardar Sajjad, Akhundzada Manzar and Farzand Ali Bangash.

During the meeting the delegation informed the Divisional Commissioner of the targetted killings, kidnappings for ransom of the members of Shia sect and threatening telephonic calls and letters and expressed deep concern over it.

The delegation also demanded proper security arrangements for provision of municipal, rescue, health services, uninterrupted power supply and security measures for the Muharram processions. Talking to the delegation, the Divisional Commissioner said that the provisions of these facilities are included in the agenda of the provincial government and in this connection he had also received clear-cut directives.

On this occasion, he directed police and security agencies for provision of better security to Shia community and redressal of their other complaints.

He also directed convening of a meeting on Saturday for the resolution of the problems of municipal services and security. The meeting will be attended by the officers of the concerned departments to evolve a joint line of action in this regard.

At the end of the meeting, the delegation expressed gratitude to Commissioner Peshawar Division for inviting them into the meeting and issuance of directives for the resolution of their problems. They also assured full co-operation to the administration in the maintenance of law and order and religious harmony during the month of Muharram.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2013


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