PESHAWAR - In the wake of military operation, security forces have imposed curfew in Bara Sheikhan, an area in the outskirt of Peshawar, while heavy contingents of police have been deployed to restrict the movement of militants from Khyber Agency.

Most of the schools remained closed due to the curfew, however, it was relaxed at day time on Sunday to get daily edibles from bazaars. The people of the area are facing difficulties and have demanded further relaxation in curfew.

Police have also beefed up security in the adjacent areas of Bara, where they are strictly patrolling the area to keep close watch on militants and terrorist elements.

It is to be mentioned here that security forces have also launched operation Khyber-1 against militants in Bara and Tirah valley where dozen of suspected militants including the son of defunct Lashkar-e-Islam chief have been killed.



Member of the Punjab Assembly Ramesh Singh Arora Sunday urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to provide security to the Sikh community in the province.

He was addressing as chief guest at a ceremony held in connection with 547th birthday of the founder of Sikh religion Guru Nanak, falling on November 6, at Gordawari Bhai Fateh Singh, RA Bazaar here. Showing his concern over the targeted killing of Sikhs in Peshawar the last year, he said that the provincial government should provide them security.

He added that Peshawar has the largest population of Sikh community, which is the smallest of all the religious minorities in the country.

"Foreign hands seem to be involved in the killing of innocent Sikhs and it is the responsibility of the PTI-led government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to track down the real culprits and bring to justice," he said.

Sikh religion, the minority lawmaker added, believes in peace and tranquillity and abhors violence and extremism. Earlier, during the collective prayers the participants prayed for the stability and prosperity of the country.



Awami National Party (ANP) Provincial President Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has said that after the failure of sit-ins, it is now a right time for the federal government to take steps to overcome the existing hostility among political parties. The prevailing bitterness in the political environment is not good for political culture, he said adding this exercise should not be promoted at all.  He demanded of the federal government should go one step ahead by taking certain steps to cool down the existing heat on the political horizon. He expressed these views while speaking at a function where PTI workers formally announced joining the ANP at Hoti House in district Mardan. Besides others the gathering was also attended by dozens of party workers. Prominent among those who joined ANP were Muhammad Usman, Arshad and Babar Khan along with their around 50 family members.

"We respect democratic values and rights of our citizens. Staging peaceful demonstrations and strikes is the right of each and every citizen. However, they should be in the limits of law and ethics," he added.

Criticizing the PTI-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Hoti said that PTI has no time to address the problems being faced by poor people of the province, as its leadership and those in provincial government are busy in singing and dancing.

He further added that PTI was also using delaying tactics to conduct local government elections in the province for which its leadership had repeatedly claimed to hold LG elections in three months.