KP po­lice to ob­serve Youm-i-Shuhada to­day

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

PESHAWAR: The Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa po­lice is all set to mark Au­gust 4 (to­day) as ' po­lice mar­tyrs' day, and pay trib­ute to over 1,200 po­lice­men who lost their lives.

Au­gust 4 marks the death an­niver­sary of Fron­tier Con­stab­u­lary (FC) Com­man­dant Safwat Ghayur who was killed in a sui­cide at­tack on a round­about near his of­fice in 2010. "The KP po­lice is a unique force," said In­spec­tor Gen­eral Po­lice Nasir Khan Dur­rani. "From the ranks of con­sta­ble to in­spec­tor gen­eral, they have ren­dered nu­mer­ous sac­ri­fices for the na­tion." The IG said that Youm-i-Shuhada is be­ing ob­served through out the province to pay trib­ute to the mar­tyrs and boost morale of the Ghazis.

"They [po­lice] are ahead of all forces when it comes to coun­ter­ing ter­ror­ism," IG Nasir said. Ac­cord­ing to the IG, more than 1,200 po­lice­men have been mar­tyred since 2006 in the war on terror. The IG added that no where else in the coun­try does the po­lice force face such dan­gers as the ones en­coun­tered by KP po­lice. Po­lice and civil so­ci­ety have been mark­ing Youm-iShuhada through­out the province for the past week - with ban­ners of mar­tyred po­lice­men along with can­dle­light vig­ils in ev­ery city. How­ever, Aug 4 is when KP Chief Min­is­ter Pervez Khat­tak will at­tend the po­lice mar­tyr cer­e­mony as chief guest. Data ob­tained by DawnNews re­veals a down­ward trend in the num­ber of po­lice killings in the past four years.

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