Pak employees dismissed for their alleged links with militant
Peshawar: Authorities in northwest Pakistan have dismissed 29 employees of the provincial education department on charges of alleged links with militants and involvement in anti-state activities, officials said on Saturday.
The government of the restive North West Frontier Province (NWFP) dismissed the employees following an inquiry conducted by the home department, officials said.
Two other employees of the department were suspended on similar charges, they said.
The home department has initiated an inquiry against 68 other government employees, the officials said. It has issued to various administrative departments lists of employees who allegedly cooperated with the Taliban and were involved in anti-state activities.
The dismissed employees belong to Buner, Malakand, Lakki Marwat and Dera Ismail Khan, the officials said.
The local Taliban had a significant presence in all these areas till a major operation was launched against militants by the Army last year.
Hundreds of people have lost their lives in violence blamed on the Taliban in the NWFP in recent months.
About 200 state-run schools were destroyed by militants in the Swat valley of NWFP.
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