QUETTA - Police and Frontier Corps (FC) on Saturday launched a crackdown against shopkeepers selling hate material in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan.

Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Quetta Razzaq Cheema stated that 40 suspects were apprehended and twenty shops were sealed during different raids in the provincial capital.

Police also recovered 715 detonators, walkie-talkie sets and other materials from the sealed shops.

Since the Peshawar school attack, security forces have been conducting raids in different parts of Balochistan and arresting suspected militants. The FC personnel also conducted raids in Chaman, Killa Abdullah, Khuzdar, Turbat and other districts of Balochistan and recovered hate material including books, pamphlets, CDs and literature.

An FC spokesman in a statement stated that the crackdown was launched after approval by the federal government.

Razzaq Cheema stated that raids were conducted in Kuchlak, Satellite Town, Pashtoonabad and other areas and more than forty shopkeepers were arrested.

“We will not allow anyone to spread hatred,” Cheema said. Markets in Quetta have been awash with CDs and hate literature for more than a decade.  This is the first time that police and FC personnel have launched a joint crackdown against the shopkeepers.

“We are interrogating the arrested shopkeepers,” Razzaq Cheema said.  When asked about threats in Quetta, the CCPO stated that information about threats was available but police were determined to ensure peace in the province.