HAFIZABAD-The district police arrested 78 outlaws wanted in different cases of theft, robbery, burglary and dacoity during the month of October and also recovered valuables worth Rs6.7 million from them.

According to a press release issued by the DPO office, 169 proclaimed offenders involved in heinous crimes have been nabbed. Similarly, six inter-district dacoit gangs have also been busted. Valuables worth Rs5.8 million were recovered from them.

Moreover, police is taking action under National Action Plan (NAP). At least 53 anti-social elements were rounded up during the last month. Police had recovered 13 shotguns, five rifles, 31 pistols, two revolvers, two carbines and 173 rounds from them. Besides, 2,686g of heroin, 43kg of Charas and 311 litres of liquor were also recovered from them.

Efforts stressed to protect Overseas Pakistanis' rights

All-out efforts should be made to protect the properties of Overseas Pakistanis from land mafia, said member of Overseas Pakistani Commission, Haji Muhammad Nawaz.

Addressing a meeting here, he said that Overseas Pakistani employees are a great asset to the country. They are remitting huge foreign exchange to Pakistan and in the way, contributing to the national economy, he pointed out. Mr Nawaz stressed the need for protecting rights of Overseas Pakistanis. The deputy commissioner and district police officer apprised him of early solution to the problems Overseas Pakistanis are faced with.

House burnt

Household articles worth millions of rupees were reduced to ashes after a fire broke out in the house of Malik Rafique in Gulshan Colony here on Monday.

According to Rescue 1122, fire erupted due to short circuit and engulfed the house in no time. Resultantly, household items including electronic appliances and furniture worth million of rupees gutted. The Rescue 1122 rushed to the spot and extinguished the fire after hectic struggle of more than two hours. The fire was prevented from spreading to adjoining houses.

In the meanwhile, power loadshedding played havoc with citizens. Fluctuations in electric current damaged electronic appliances. Citizens called upon the Gepco authorities to reduce hours of loadshedding. They demanded uninterrupted power supply.