Hundreds arrested in crackdown against illegal foreign nationals

Karachi/Hyderabad/Lahore

Sindh government has launched a crackdown against Afghans and other foreign nationals staying illegally in the province. According to reports, hundreds of illegal foreign nationals have been arrested across the province and sent to jails.
However reports said that jail authorities say that prisoners are more than the capacity and it has become difficult for them to absorb the newly arrested people. Meanwhile, as many as 91 foreigners staying illegally in Pakistan, a majority of them Afghanis, have been detained in raids in the limits of different police stations of Hyderabad district.
The police spokesman Mazhar Shani informed here Wednesday that the action is being taken under National Action Plan under the guidance of SSP Hyderabad Irfan Baloch.
The SHO Market Munir Abbassi raided different localities including Pathan Colony and Doctors Colony and rounded up 71 suspects for lacking legal identification record, spokesman told. Among them, he added, FIR was lodged against 30 under section 14 of Foreigners Act on the state’s complaint.
Shani further informed that SHO Phuleli Rana Pervez also arrested two foreigners and booked them under the Act and Sindh Temporary Residence Ordinance.
The Makki Shah and A section police also arrested 3 suspects each and booked them the Act and Ordinance. On the other hand, Law enforcement agencies have tightened the screws on terrorists and arrested more than 80 suspects countrywide.
According to details, Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) detained two terrorists in Gujranwala who are identified as Ismail Khalil and Zubair. CTD has recovered explosive material, two detonators and other arms from them.
These terrorists have confessed that they had planned to hit sensitive targets. Security forces conducted search operations in Rawalpindi and Islamabad as well, and arrested 24 suspicious persons including 19 Afghans.
Lahore’s Naseerabad, Model Town and Liaquatabad were raided as well due to security concerns. Rangers raided Karachi’s Lyari and arrested an activist of gang war. Automatic weapons and foreign currency were recovered from the accused.—Agencies

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