Govt attacks radio station in Khyber Agency
PESHAWAR, March 30 2006: Paramilitary forces on Wednesday March 29 launched an operation against cleric Mufti Munir Shakir’s supporters in Khyber Agency after a tribal jirga (council) failed to convince the latter to shut down an illegal FM radio station, security sources told Daily Times.
Soldiers fired mortar shells on the radio station to shut it down, sources added.
Earlier, more than 50 families left Khyber Agency on Wednesday after the government warned that action against Shakir was imminent. Bara Administrator Shafirullah served notice asking 750 families to leave their homes for safer places because “action against the renegade cleric will take place soon”.
A security official told Daily Times that the government had identified two sites to attack. However, he declined to say whether Shakir or his rival cleric Shafiullah RehmanÂ’s group would be targeted first.
Nala and Makik Deenkhel residents said that more than 50 families had left the area after the government warning. “Women and children were sent to safer places because the artillery might bomb residences,” said resident Lal Muhammad.
Source: Daily Times