Quetta—Security forces raided a madrassa in the Quetta city’s Eastern Bypass area on Sunday and rounded up around 100 Afghan nationals for suspected links to militant groups, officials said.
The arrested students were studying in seminary without any valid documents.
“A search operation was conducted inside the seminary and the Afghan students were arrested under Foreigners Act,” said a security official. The Afghan students were later handed over to various police stations for further questioning.
Security forces also recovered suspicious literature and other material from the seminary.
The Afghan nationals who were illegally staying at the seminary would be repatriated to Afghanistan, added the security official. Security forces have intensified the operation in the aftermath of Quetta carnage, which left more than 70 people most of them lawyers dead. Police and Frontier Corps, a para-military force, arrested a large number of Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan without any valid documents.
Action has been taken after the security forces apprehended six militants including a key commander of Al Qaeda in Balochistan’s Noshki district close to the Afghan border on Saturday.
Provincial government spokesman Anwar ul-Haq Kakar told media the detainees did not possess any identity documents.
Authorities also seized “undesired literature” from the seminary, known as Madrassa Abdullah bin Zubair.
The institution, he said, has been sealed after the overnight raid in the Bhoosa Mandi area and detainees are being probed for further legal action.
Authorities in Pakistan have also lately intensified a crackdown against Afghans living illegally in Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the two provinces bordering Afghanistan, and detained and deported hundreds of them.
Separately, a spokesman for the Frontier Corps said Sunday it has arrested 328 Afghan nationals from different parts of Quetta for not possessing travel documents and working without permits.
“Those arrested have been handed over to the authorities at the FIA for their deportation,” a statement quoted him as saying.