Nowshera on high alert after Qari Kamran’s killing


The assassination of notorious terrorist Qari Kamran and his accomplices has forced the law enforcement agencies to declare high alert across Nowshehra district on Monday.
The administration has even refused to let Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain attend scheduled meetings in his constituency.
Kamran, chief of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Nowshehra was killed with his 11 accomplices during a military offensive in Kramna area of Khyber Agency on Sunday.
Kamran and his other accomplices had offered resistance when the security forces raided a compound in his use. After four hours of cross firing, the security forces succeeded in killing 12 of the militants.
Kamran was considered amongst hardcore militants and had recently shifted to Tirrah valley of Khyber Agency where he was assigned the task of attacking NATO convoys passing through the Khyber Pass.
He was considered amongst top ranking Taliban commanders and was charged for deadly terrorist acts in Shabqadar, Charsada, Risalpur and Akbarpura area of Nowshehra district.
The news of his assassination spread like jungle fire across his native town, Nowshehra, forcing the authorities to announce high alert across the district.
Keeping in view possible reaction in Nowshehra, the administration did not give a green signal to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain to attend schedule gatherings in the district. Hussain has confirmed the reports and quoted intelligence sources and police officials as saying that the “accomplices of Qari Kamran have made a plan for revenge”.
Hussain told reporters that the assassination of Qari Kamran was a “success of the security forces engaged in the war on terror”.
He said other militants must keep in mind that the government was firm in its decision of ending militancy and terrorism. He, however, reiterated that the government was ready for talks with those who abandoned violence and recognised the government’s writ.