LAKKI MARWAT: Officials reported on Wednesday that at least six police officers, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), were slain when two motorcycle-riding terrorists opened fire on their patrol vehicle.
According to a city police spokesperson, the incident happened inside the walls of the Dadiwala Police Station while the officers were on a normal patrol close to a fair in the area.
The slain officers were ASI Ilm Deen, Detective Foot Constable Ahmed Nawaz, Lower Head Constable Zubair, Spoy Usman Ali of the Frontier Reserve Police, Constable Mahmood Khan, and Driver Dil Jan.
A search operation has reportedly been started to apprehend the terrorists, according to the district police spokesperson.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif denounced the horrific act and paid respect to the martyred police officers in a statement released shortly after it. “The country salutes gallant officers who gave their life in defence of their country.”
The prime minister described terrorists as Pakistan’s adversaries and said that his country will fight back vigorously against them. Then, he requested that the “Shuhda Package” be made available to the departed’s families by the KP government.
After learning about the incident, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah instructed KP Chief Secretary Shehzad Bangash and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) KP Moazam Jah Ansari to submit a report.
KP Mahmood Khan, the chief minister of Punjab, at the same time vehemently denounced the terrible tragedy and stated such shameful deeds could not lower the spirit of Pakistan’s security personnel.
He promised that during this trying period, the province government will not abandon the grieving families.
A report on the attack on the police van was also requested by the chief minister from the appropriate officials. Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah responded to the unfortunate event by denouncing the attack and expressing his sympathies to the families of the dead.
The deceased police officers, according to him, have attained the highest degree of martyrs. There should be as much outrage as possible over the terrorists’ heinous act. The terrorist incident was severely denounced by the Turkish Embassy in Islamabad as well.
Recently, residents in province-wide cities have taken to the streets to call for a stop to terrorism, but officials have repeatedly asserted that things are under control.
In response to the attacks, CM KP Mahmood Khan accepted various suggestions earlier this month to bolster the police force in the province, particularly in the combined districts, and sanctioned the opening of counterterrorism department (CTD) offices in all districts.
A handout had stated that he gave the ideas the go-ahead while serving as chair of the Provincial Task Force’s 10th meeting, where he promised to make all resources available to strengthen the police force in accordance with modern demands.