CHITRAL, March 24: Mr Rahmatullah Wazir, the district coordination officer of Chitral, has said the district border police had recently been reinvigorated to cope with the increasing threat of the menace of militants who intruded into Chitral territory through its porous borders with Nooristan area of Afghanistan.
He was addressing a function held here on Saturday in connection with the distribution of shuhada package among the widows and heirs of the personnel of the force who had been killed during the skirmish with Taliban intruders in the month of Ramazan last yer.
On this occasion, the widows and heirs of the five slain personnel – sepoy Abdul Ghafar, sepoy Mohammad Islam, sepoy Mohammad Azam, sepoy Salahuddin and sepoy Mursaleen Khan – were handed over Rs0.8 million each on behalf of home and tribal affairs department.
Mr Wazir claimed that keeping in view of its prime importance, the force was not only strengthened numerically but also was being provided with sophisticated weapons and raise the force on sound basis to meet the modern challenges.
He said rider squad had recently been added to the force while the posts in the border are being fortified with all the required facilities.
The DCO who is ex-officio commandant of the force, was of the view that due to their sound knowledge about the topography of the border areas, the personnel of the force can be best trained to ward off effectively any offensive with much ease and for this purpose, they needed strengthening.– Zahiruddin