ISLAMABAD - Parliamentary Secretary for Interior, Maryam Aurangzeb, made stunning disclosure in the National Assembly on Friday that thousands of Pakistanis had not returned from India during the last five years.

The parliamentary secretary told the house during the question hour that 240,932 Pakistanis had travelled to India since 2009 and out of them 11,100 Pakistanis never returned back and their whereabouts were still unknown.

She was responding to a query asked by Syed Asif Hasnain who wanted to know the total number of persons to whom Indian visas were granted during the last five years along with the number of persons who did not return to Pakistan.

Responding to another query, the parliamentary secretary said the government was deeply monitoring the activities of 60 banned organisations as part of efforts to counter terrorism in the country. However, she did not reveal the names of such organisations. She said that enhanced coordination among law enforcement agencies had resulted in arrest of 812 target killers during the ongoing Karachi operation. She added that three light machine guns, 77 Kalashnikovs, 3,224 pistols/revolvers, 118 shotguns and 61 rifles were also recovered by law enforcement agencies in Karachi.

“Law and order is a provincial subject; however, the federal government is assisting the government of Sindh to control target killings and other crimes of heinous nature and that is why peace is returning to Karachi,” she further said.

She said that all the unverified SIMs (subscriber identity modules) had been blocked and cellular companies had initiated biometric verification system as per agreed timeframe.

Maryam further informed the lower house that jail management system had been installed at Karachi Central Prison to identify prisoners and keep visitors’ record.

Replying to another question, the parliamentary secretary said that law enforcement agencies had arrested 3,112 foreign nationals and deported 2,761 out of them during the last one year. She revealed that as per policy approved by the prime minister, businessmen of United Kingdom and nationals of 67 business friendly countries were granted visas on arrival by FIA immigration.