By Manzoor Ali
PESHAWAR: As many ad 101 security checkposts have been abolished in 11 districts of the province during the last few days.
Of them, 24 were jointly operated by the police and Pakistan Army and three by the police and paramilitary forces, while 59 were manned by policemen only.
Also, nine city checkposts and seven set up on highways were been removed.
The provincial capital has the highest number of checkposts i.e. 34, mostly controlled by the police only. The abolished checkposts were put up in Phase-I, VI and VII Hayatabad, Khyber Road, Civil Quarters, RA Bazaar, Polo Ground, Arbab Road, Gulberg, Pishtakhara, Sufaid Dheri, Achini, Michni Gate, Railway Road University Town and Canal Road areas.
In Mardan, Shago Naka was abolished in the limits of Shergarh police station, while four checkposts were removed in Nowshera district, including Jalozai, AC Chowk, Pabbi and Ajab Bagh areas.
In Charsadda, 10 checkposts were removed from the Motorway interchange, Sardaryab, Munda headwork, Jamaabd and Haji Zai. A police-army checkpost was also done away with.
Swat saw the abolition of 10 checkposts, including six police-army ones. Seven checkposts were removed in Buner, 10 in Chitral and 15 in Hangu.
In addition, 22 checkposts, including eight military-police checkposts and two jointly controlled by the police and paramilitary forces, have so far been abolished.
Two checkposts have been removed in Battagram district of Hazara division.
A home department official told Dawn that there were military and police checkposts were put up in light of security situation.
He, however, said the home department had no data of the abolished checkposts and the police department was in a better position to comment on it.
Published in Dawn, May 17th, 2018