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Over 600 suspects held in Mingora search operation

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* Curfew enforced to conduct house-to-house search
* Two houses of suspected Taliban blown up
* Former JUI-F lawmaker apprehended

MINGORA: Security forces arrested around 600 suspects during a search operation in Mingora city and blew up two homes of suspected Taliban, officials and residents said Tuesday.

A curfew was enforced from 3am until 11am to conduct house-to-house search for suspected Taliban.

The search operation followed last week’s murder of Awami National Party leader Sajjad, who was shot in Mingora bazaar on April 13.

Houses of terrorists Rahim and Sher Ali were bombed in Naway Kalay area of Mingora city, local residents said.

Meanwhile, the security forces also raided a newspaper’s office where workers were allegedly mistreated, management of the newspaper told Daily Times.

Ghulam Farooq, editor of the newspaper, said the forces raided his office at 4am without showing any warrant.

Lawmaker: The security forces also arrested former provincial assembly member belonging to the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, Irfanullah, during the search operation APP reported. According to party sources, he was shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

The JUI-F Swat chapter confirmed the arrest of their former lawmaker and said Irfanullah was on the hit list of the Taliban. They also demanded the release of their former legislator. Irfanullah was elected to the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2002.


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