PESHAWAR: Law enforcement agency of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province has been given authority for taking necessary action against the activists protesting against US drone strikes by blocking NATO troop supplies’ vehicles.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Police prevented activists protesting US drone strikes from blocking trucks carrying NATO troop supplies to and from neighbouring Afghanistan on Monday.
Police officer Behram Khan said Monday that police would permit peaceful protests on the roadside, but activists would not be allowed to stop trucks as they did before. Police also opened an investigation into the activists’ actions that could lead to legal charges, he said.
The provincial police chief in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Nasir Durrani, ordered police to prevent protesters from stopping trucks and open an investigation into those activists who were halting vehicles on Sunday, said a statement from the police chief’s office.
The intervention was the latest chapter in a saga that began Saturday, when thousands of protesters led by Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan blocked a road in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which is used to ship goods to and from Afghanistan.
The PTI, which also leads the ruling coalition in the province, has said they would block NATO shipments until the US ends drone attacks in Pakistan.
On Sunday, members of the party stopped trucks and roughed up drivers ferrying NATO supplies at a toll booth on the outskirts of Peshawar, the provincial capital. Police were present at the scene Sunday but did not stop the protesters, some of whom were carrying wooden batons.