Levies, Khasadar force get policing powers in tribal districts


PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor on Monday signed two separate ordinances granting special policing powers to Levies and Khasadar force in the newly merged tribal districts of FATA.

The ordinances have been forwarded to the KP chief minister for further necessary action.

There would be a separate director and deputy director general in the levies force, sources said, adding that the candidates for the two top slots in the force would be selected from the police force.

Levies and Khasadar force would be gradually merged in the police force, said the sources. It is pertinent to mention here that Levies and Khasadar force had been functioning under the federal government so far.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, on February 3 had decided to enhance salaries and other benefits of Levies and Khasadar Force like regular police.

According to an official statement in Peshawar, the salary of constable in Levies and Khasadar Force would be enhanced to Rs20,000 per month. At the moment, each constable in both the forces was getting Rs18,000 as per month salary.