Ghulam Mursalin Marwat
LAKKI MARWAT: Hundreds of residents of Abdulkhel and other rural localities held a demonstration in Lakki city to record their protest against the killing of a school student Shahid Karim in the urban locality. The villagers reached Michenkhel bazaar in vehicles from where they took out a procession and converged at Qazi Ishfaq chowk on main bus stand. Besides inhabitants of urban area, civil society representatives, religious and social activists, political elite, local bodies’ members and people from different walks of life participated in the protest demonstration.
The protesters carried placards and banners inscribed with slogans highlighting demands to arrest the killer of student Shahid Karim. Shahid Karim, a seventh grader at a private school was killed in Haqdad Abad locality of Lakki city the other day when he along with his father Abdul Karim was going home. Police have booked two people including Sikandar and his father Khalid for the murder of school boy on the complaint of Abdul Karim who had told police that an exchange of harsh words led to the killing of his son.
The protesters blocked the busy Tajazai-Darra Tang portion of Bannu-Mianwali road for vehicular traffic and raised slogans in favour of their demands. The road remained closed for over one hour subjecting the motorists and commuters travelling in public transport vehicles to face troubles in sizzling heat. MPA-elect Munawar Khan, Malik Najibullah, Mufti Muhammad Ali and other speakers condemned the murder of school student and expressed solidarity and sympathies with the victim family. They strongly criticized local police for poor performance with regard to control crimes and bridle criminals and demanded inclusion of relevant section of Anti-Terror Act in the first information report of student’s murder incident. They expressed concern over rise in crimes against children and asked the government to take notice of such gruesome incidents and bring anti-social elements to the clutches of law. They warned that the protesters would be again on roads if police failed to arrest the killers of student within one week. The protesters later ended agitation and opened the road for vehicular traffic after holding successful talks with local police authorities