PESHAWAR: The police Martyr Day was observed across the province, to acknowledge sacrifices of the brave officers and jawans and express solidarity with their families.
In connection with police Martyred Day, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr. Sanaullah Abassi participated in a simple and dignified ceremony held at the grave of Additional Inspector General of police Safwat Ghayour, a senior police officers who was targeted by a suicide bomber in Peshawar Saddar on August 4, 2010. The police Martyrs Day is observed on the death anniversary of Safwat Ghayour every year for the last five years across the country with the aim to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of the force.
Speaking on the occasion, the IGP said that the history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police is an everlasting history of courage, bravery and sacrifices. Despite the lack of resources and training, the way in which the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police has fought against terrorism in the last ten years is matchless in any other police force.
Police chief added that from IGP to soldier, more than 1800 officers and jawans of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police laid down their lives for the protection of their motherland. IGP further added that the police martyrs who sacrificed their lives fighting against the Covid-19 epidemic have added a new chapter to the golden history of policing.
“We will not forget the sacrifices of the police martyrs, their families and their children will not be left alone and we will take practical steps for their welfare. The new legislation to ensure the recruitment of the heirs of the martyrs to the post of ASI is an indication that the welfare of the heirs of the martyrs is our top priority” IGP added
Police chief further said that on this day “we have to pledge that we will not let the sacrifices of our martyrs go in vain. We must pledge that we will always be ready for this war until terrorism is completely eradicated. We have to pledge that we will make Khyber Pakhtunkhwa a society through our attitudes and character for which our martyrs sacrificed their lives and we pledge that we will give our children a prosperous, secure and bright future”
Similarly, Capital City Police Officer Muhammad Ali Gundapur and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operation Mansoor Aman laid floral wreath at the memorial of martyrs of police at Malik Saad Shaheed police line, Peshawar and offered prayer. The police officers also paid tribute to their services. The blood donation camp was also held at Malik Saad Shaheed police line in which CCPO, SSP Operation, other police officers and jawans participated.
Likewise, a simple and dignified ceremony was held in honor of the martyred policemen at Traffic Headquarter, Peshawar. During the ceremony the Senior Superintendent of Police Traffic Waseem Ahmad Khali laid floral wreath at the monument of martyr of police and paid homage to them.
It’s important to mention here that around 1800 policemen embraced martyrdom in the different incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in which 285 policemen had lost their lives from 1970 till 1999 but the number increased from 2000 to 2019 when 1430 police officers and cops were martyred in suicide attacks, bomb blasts, target killings and ambushes.
While the duration from 2007 to 2014 was one of the worst times for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police in which hundreds of police officers and officials were assaulted. The worst year was 2009 when 207 policemen, including one SP, 3 DSPs and 4 inspectors were martyred in different terrorist attacks. According to KP police record, 28 cops were martyred in different attacks in the province in 2006 and the number raised to 107 in 2007, 176 in 2008, 207 in 2009, 101 in 2010 and 148 in 2011.
Those who were martyred during the last almost 13 years included two additional inspectors general of police, Ashraf Noor and Safwat Ghayur, two deputy inspectors general of police Malik Saad and Abid Ali, six superintendents of police and 20 acting SPs or DSPs and a large number of junior officers. The attacks on police and other forces have recorded a decrease over the last almost six years.