Tribesmen Demand Protection Of Journalists, Citizens

LANDIKOTAL: Shinwari, Afridis and other local tribes on Saturday collectively arranged sit-in and protest walk in Khyber Sultankhel at Takia ground and demanded forthwith arrest of the journalist Khalil Jibran killers and judicial inquiry.

Hundreds of local residents, tribal elders, local representatives and civil society members participated in the sit-in camp and protest walk held in Sultankhel. 

Speakers including Jameat Ulema-e-Islam(Fazl) leader and religious scholar Mufti Tehseenullah Shinwari, Malik Abdur Razaq Zakhakhel, Shakir Afridi, Pakistan People’s Partiy local leaders Shah Rehman and Hazeat Wali Afridi, Landikotal mayor Shah Khalild Shinwari,Jamat-e-Islami Landikotal Ameer Murad Hussain Afridi,Awami National Party Landikotal president Shah Hussain Shinwari and others said that government should take proper steps to ensure security of citizens. They said Khalil Jibran was the third local resident killed in the same locality in few months. 
They said that target killing was again on the peak in Landikotal while journalists receiving threats from militants. 
They constituted a grand jirga and nominated fifteen elders from each tribe to form a committee and chalk out next plan to maintain their security.

Shakir Afridi said they could not keep silence to bear deaths of their residents. He said a police officer and a resident of Sultankhel were gunned down in Mazreena locality but they did not raised voice for their protection. He said this week journalist Khalil Jibran was brutally assassinated near his home. 

Speakers said Tehreek-e-Insaf threat letters were issued soon after the Khalil Jibran Afridi murder that more journalists in Khyber district were at their target and they would soon be killed.  

The protesters later marched from Takia ground to Ayub Killay for three kilometers. They were holding placards and banners inscribed with slogans that arrest the Khalil Jibran killers,stop killing citizens and journalists. 

Meanwhile, special advisor to chief minister on information barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, district police officer Salim Abbas Kulachi, political leaders of different parties and civil society members visited Khalil Jibran Afridi resident and concoled his tragic murder. Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif pleged to take the issue with chief minister to probe the incident properly.

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