PESHAWAR: The southern Bannu Range of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has sacrificed a deputy inspector general (DIG), a district police officer (DPO) and three deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) among 102 policemen who have been killed in incidents of violence since 2006.
After the provincial capital Peshawar, Bannu is probably the second region that has sacrificed more senior police officers than others during the last few years. Among the Bannu range officers killed during the last six years are the then DIG Bannu Abid Ali, DPO Mohammad Iqbal Marwat and DSPs Nazif Shah, Javed Iqbal and Asmatullah Khan, according to a book published by the Bannu Police.
The junior officers of the region, comprising Bannu and Lakki Marwat districts, who were killed during the last few years, include inspectors Haibat Ali and Mir Qasim and sub-inspectors Rahmatullah Khan, Shaaban Khan, Abbas Ali Khan, Gul Marjan and Allah Noor Khan. Assistant sub-inspectors of the range who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty included Suleman Shah, Mohammad Naeem and Rukh Niaz Khan.
The rest of the cops killed during the last six years were constables or head constables, who constitute a huge majority of those killed across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while fighting against the terrorists and criminals.
The book “Shuhada-e-Bannu Police” is third of its kind as Malakand and Dera Ismail Khan Police had earlier compiled the data of their cops killed during the last six years or so.
“The purpose of publishing the book is to tell the people how police are sacrificing their lives to protect the lives and properties of the public. People of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will always remember and respect the Bannu Police for their sacrifices,” DIG Police Bannu region, Nisar Ahmad Khan, told The News.
He said the region was the only one after Peshawar that has sacrificed a DIG during the last few years. “Bannu range also gave the sacrifice of DPO Mohammad Iqbal Marwat when he was visiting the site of an earlier suicide blast at the Police Lines,” he added.
“The stories mentioned in the book are a source of inspiration, optimism, patriotism and promise of a better tomorrow. Since 2008, the Bannu Police have confronted the onslaught of the militants in the shape of suicide bombings, target killings, rocket attacks and IED blasts in a fitting manner,” said the DIG Bannu.
The book has also mentioned the sacrifices of two officials of the bomb disposal unit, sub-inspectors Rahmatullah and Abbas Ali Khan. Abbas was killed along with Constable Nazir Khan while defusing explosives planted under the Gambela Bridge on February 1, 2009 while Rahmatullah was killed in a similar incident in Wazir Kila in January 2009.
The book has this to say about the late Rahmatullah: “Constable Rahmatullah was part of the police party that intercepted an explosives-laden truck in Mundan in September 2009. As the police party opened fire on the truck when the driver did not stop, the explosives packed in it went off, killing Rahmatullah, Constable Khushdil and other cops.”
Constable Mohammad Ishaq, who left behind three sons and five daughters, was among the 12 policemen and three FC soldiers killed during a suicide attack on the Miryan Police Station in January 2011.
Constable Naikmatullah was among those who fought bravely when over 300 militants attacked the Huwaid Police Station in December 2008. He climbed the rooftop to fire shells for arranging light so that his colleagues can target the attackers well. He received bullet injuries and later expired but in the process foiled the militants’ attempt to take over the police station.
DIG Nisar Ahmad Khan said the heirs of the slain cops were being provided all kind of facilities under the Shaheed Package of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police in recognition of the sacrifices rendered by their loved ones for the country and the police force.