Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bomb squad risks all in service to Pakistan

By Javed Khan


Bomb Disposal Unit member Zahid Khan falls to the ground after an IED that he was defusing exploded in Daudzai on October 25. He escaped death because of the protective gear he was wearing. [Javed Khan]

PESHAWAR -- A recent award for heroism underscores the matter-of-fact way in which the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) courts death every day.

On November 8, KP Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nasir Khan Durrani in Peshawar issued the award to four BDU members, including expert Zahid Khan.

On October 25 in Peshawar, Zahid survived an explosion from a bomb that he was defusing thanks to the protective gear that he was wearing.

"The bomb disposal experts of the KP Police do the most dangerous job with their commitment to save more and more lives," Durrani told Pakistan Forward.

All BDU men are heroes, he said.

At the time of the explosion, Zahid, an experienced BDU officer who has defused many bombs in the past few months, was helping secure the Daudzai area after another explosive killed a policeman in the area. The slain officer had been guarding a team of polio vaccinators.

The police called Zahid's team to defuse other explosive devices planted in the area, Zahid told Pakistan Forward, adding that he found one left behind as a booby trap for police.

"The explosive went off while I was defusing it," he said. "My protective gear kept me unharmed."

A team of heroes

Every single member of the BDU is ready to sacrifice his life, BDU chief and Assistant IGP Shafqat Malik told Pakistan Forward.

Fifteen members of the BDU have made the ultimate sacrifice since 2009, he added.

That tragic list includes Hukam Khan and Abdul Haq, who defused hundreds of bombs each before their luck ran out.

Another top BDU member, Inayatullah, a.k.a. the Tiger, lost his leg in an explosion.

"I feel proud to have sacrificed for my country and will continue to work for my people throughout my life," Inayatullah told a function in Peshawar in August.

Another two BDU members, Shakir Khan and Ghazan Khan, suffered minor injuries when a bomb exploded during their defusing efforts in Peshawar on November 9. They are reportedly out of danger and recuperating.

Authorities in KP have tried to reduce the risk that BDU personnel endure daily.

Recently, KP acquired robots for defusing bombs, but so far the robots are capable only of working on flat surfaces.

BDU members try to exercise prevention too, by sweeping public areas with explosive detectors ahead of any planned major event.

Region rife with bombing

In the past decade, KP has been rocked by thousands of bombings, rocket barrages and assassinations.

At one point a bomb exploded almost daily in Peshawar.

Security improved nationwide after the army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan in June 2014, but even during the worst years, the BDU's courage never flagged, officials say.

"The brave men of the BDU have defused more than 6,000 bombs in KP in the past seven years," IGP Durrani said.

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sir i want to join this force


OK,you can


Love these heroes of nation..I want to ask ISPR and other media services to make a film on these heroes to pay tribute not short but a regular film..


Absolutely sir, I admire whole KP Police and salute them who sacrificed their lives for the country and nation and I salute our BDU officials.. but its sorry to say that though KPK police is the one who sacrificed the most in the fight against terrorism and fought the terrorists with courage, but it has lesser benefits than in the other provinces.. Worst is the fact that the party who is governing the province in the name of justice and change, too has done nothing for KPK police.. in other departments class 4 has been granted 6th scale but a 24 hours serving and matriculate police constable is in 5th scale,,, this is such a lout joke… secondly KPK police deposits millions of rupees in martyrs’ package from their own pockets and if some policeman gets martyred, he gets paid from the same martyrs’ package… Long live KP Police.