PESHAWAR - Nasir Khan Durrani, inspector general of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, has reiterated his pledge that extortion and kidnapping for ransom incidents would be curbed at all costs.

This he said while addressing an award distribution ceremony here at CPO office on Monday. The ceremony was arranged in recognition of services of Peshawar and Hangu police jawans. It may be recalled that Peshawar police after an encounter arrested five extortionists and also recovered one pistol, three IEDs, one motorcycle and one wanted SIM number 0310-9664110 from their possessions.

While the Hangu police had recovered a kidnapped boy within a few hours and also arrested the kidnapper.

Addressing the ceremony, the IGP informed that extortion and kidnapping were major issues which have developed an urban phenomenon. He further added that the money colleted through these incidents is being used for terrorist activities.

However, he showed satisfaction over the performance of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police for unearthing many groups involved in this menace. He urged the awardees to remain alert and foil all nefarious designs of the outlaws well in time.

The police chief highly praised the professionalism, valour and in-time action of the awardees and hoped that they will repeat the same excellent performance against the criminals in future too.

The police officers and jawans who were awarded cash prizes and commendation certificates included DSP Mushtaq Khan, SHO PS Khan Raziq, Sub Inspector Noor Muhammad, Sub-Inspector Ijaz Nabi and Constable Irshad of Peshawar Police; and Sub-Inspector Mujahid Khan and Constables Muhammad Niqash and Kamal Hussain of Hangu police.