Police in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa held a protest march to condemn the Monday bombing of a mosque inside a compound that left more than 100 dead and scores wounded.
Over 24 uniformed police officers assembled outside the Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday in an extraordinary action that is said to be the first of its type. They chanted peace chants.At the Peshawar police lines, they requested an independent probe into the mosque blast.
They were holding placards inscribed with different slogans. They said that they wanted to raise their voice against the injustice with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police.
The protesting police officers said that their demonstration was in opposition to the “system” and that they were forced to take to the streets in order to protect the victims of terrorist attacks and restore peace and order to the province.
Police officers protested in Mardan outside the local press club, calling for strong action to safeguard law enforcement.
They claimed the cops made several sacrifices and fought as a frontline unit in the fight against terrorism. They inquired about the explosion that occurred in a highly secure and delicate region. They also urged that a court investigate the incident.
In Swabi, police personnel gathered outside the district headquarters and marched till Karnal Sher Khan Chowk where they staged a protested against the Peshawar blast.
The protesters were holding signs with various anti-horrific suicide attack sentiments. They said that they were being slain by persons they couldn’t identify. They requested that the Peshawar blast be the subject of an impartial investigation.
At the Javed Iqbal Shaheed Officers Lines in Swat, police offered special prayers and recitations from the Quran.
Sajjad Khan of the Malakand Regional Police, Shafiullah Khan Gandapur of the Swat District Police, Additional SP Rahim Hussain Khan, SPs Izhar Shah and Pir Zar Badshah, as well as other officers, were there.
RPO Sajjad Khan stated history of police was full of sacrifices. He condoled with the families of those policemen, who embraced martyrdom in the suicide attack in Peshawar on Monday.
n Charsadda, a police darbar was organised where Quran Khwani was held for the departed souls and recovery of injured cops. SP Sajjad Khan, station house officers and police constable were present on the occasion.
DPO Sohail Khalid stated that they were facing a ‘coward’ enemy, who could not fight face to face. He said that morale of every official of police department was high. “Terrorists cannot demoralise us with such actions,” he said and added that they were protecting their nation.
Police organised a Quran Khwani for the Peshawar blast victims in Shangla. The staff and officers of the police department also prayed for the souls of the fallen police officers. They demanded a stop to the killing and calm throughout the province.
Members of the local civil society in Alpuri also organised a protest march against the Peshawar bombing and sought protection for province citizens as well as justice for the killed police officers.
At the rally, people from various walks of life took part. They were waving signs and banners with slogans condemning the recent wave of terrorism.