Govt turns deaf ear to peace bodies

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PESHAWAR – The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is not ready to extend its support to the already under pressure local tribal militias or peace committees in the suburban parts of the metropolis, saying no parallel security force will be encouraged. The Aman Lashkar of Adezai area that was facing Taliban militants at the front from Darra Adamkhel had given a deadline to the government that was lapsing today (Tuesday) that if they were not supported by the government, there would be no more private peace committees in the area after March 8.
Adezai Qaumi Lashkir chief Dilawar Khan told Pakistan Today that they had given a week time but no government official approached them and, after Tuesday, they would stop their resistance to the militants and allow their volunteers to earn for their families.
He alleged the Awami National Party (ANP) led provincial government was intentionally discouraging the peace committees, once formed and backed by them in 2008, as it was fearing to face tough time from other political parties. The government would not support any parallel security force and only peace committees would be backed, senior Minister Bashir Bilour said adding that that police and security forces should act against militants.
Dilawar Khan said their 47 people including Lashkar former chief Haji Abdul Malik and several commanders had been killed in blasts, attacks and exchange of fire with militants. He feared that Taliban could enter Peshawar if volunteers of lashkar stopped resisting them and said that since its inception, the lashkar was extending it round-the-clock support to law enforcement agencies.