Pak govt announces bravery award for slain police officer

Last Updated: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 17:00

Peshawar: A day after the chief of a
paramilitary force was killed in a suicide blast;
Pakistan government on Thursday announced that he would be awarded
with a bravery medal posthumously.

The `Sitara-e-Shujaat` medal for bravery would be awarded
to Frontier Constabulary Commandant Sifwat Ghayur, who was
killed long with three others in a suicide attack near the
headquarters of his organisation, Interior Minister Rehman
Malik told reporters.

Malik, who was here to attend the funeral of Ghayur, said
he saluted the slain police officer for his invaluable
services. He described him as a brave officer and paid tribute
to him for his services to the country.

Malik said Pakistan`s war against militancy will continue
till its logical conclusion despite the terror attacks.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the
killing of Ghayur and warned that they would continue their
attacks against security forces and leaders of the Awami
National Party (ANP), which rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Replying to a question about the law and order situation
in Karachi, where the assassination of a provincial
lawmaker triggered violence that claimed over 70 lives,
Malik said all political parties should play a constructive
role to restore calm.

He said the Taliban were using the name of Pashtuns
living in Karachi and were involved in "covert activities."
The Taliban have captured Kasba Colony in Karachi, he said.

However, Malik hoped that peace would return soon to
the metropolitan city and the business hub of the country.

The government is in contact with Muttahida Qaumi
Movement chief Altaf Hussain and he had been taken into
confidence on efforts to restore peace in Karachi.

Malik said those challenging the government`s writ and
targeting innocent people would not be spared and would be
dealt with firmly.

He said "If we are to fight a war against terror,
then we have to make sacrifices as wars cannot be fought
without sacrifices."

PTI



First Published: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 17:00

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