PESHAWAR: The outlawed militant group Lahskar-i-Islam (LI) has warned tribesmen in northwestern Bara district to admit at least one of their sons to “a madrassa of LI school of thought” otherwise the family elder would have to pay Rs0.4 million in compensation.
Local tribesmen and eye witnesses said that the militant outfit had displayed wall posters in streets and bazaars in Nala Malikdin Khel area asking the locals to get at least one of their sons to the madrassa (Islamic seminary).
The posters also warned parents that children should be admitted only to the madrasas of Ishat-o-Tauheed and the admission in other madrassas of Deobandi, Barelvi or other school of thoughts would not be acceptable to them.
The posters, according to sources, had been issued on the directive of LI chief Mangal Bagh and have also warned that those who failed to admit their kids before Eid-ul-Fitr would have to pay Rs0.4 million to the militant outfit.
Ayaz, a local tribesmen from Malikdin Khel confirmed that the pamphlets have been displayed all over in the area.
Another tribesman Riaz Afridi said that the LI was again trying to gain ground and these posters show that they were using pressure tactics to get hold of the area.
The political administration officials of Bara said that they had also heard about such pamphlet in the area but had not found one yet, but the administration said it was investigating into the incident.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Nighat Orakzai also took up the issue in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly earlier on Tuesday.
She said that it showed the government’s failure to protect the people’s lives and they were left at the mercy of the militants who are calling the shots.
“The government must stop the drama of talks and take concrete steps to stop the militants’ onslaught,” she added.