Islamabad - The local police have identified several illegal scrap yards — a few of them run by the Afghan nationals — in the limits of the city to be removed ahead of the March 23 parade to avoid any unpleasant incident, said the sources yesterday.

The special branch of Islamabad police has initiated a survey of the scrap yards across the district in wake of fragile security situation and March 23 parade-2016. Majority of the employees at these scrap yards is Afghan nationals who may fall in the hands of anti-state elements and become a facilitator in terrorism activities, the police feared.

The survey report was sent by the AIG police (Operations) Islamabad to the chief commissioner Islamabad for necessary action in this regard. The chief commissioner office has now asked the Capital Development Authority to take necessary action for removal of the illegal scrap yards in the ICT limits to avoid any unpleasant incident in future.

On the other hand, district magistrate Islamabad has prohibited flying and operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), phantoms and cam copters in Fatima Jinnah Park, situated in sector F-9 of the capital, as these UAVs can be used by miscreants to conduct terrorist acts in areas that have been secured and safeguarded against ground attacks. The scrap yards which have been identified by the local police to be removed ahead of March 23 parade include the one at Johar Road near water tank Rawat which is being run by Malal Khan son of Zahir Khan, presently residing in district Rawalpindi, and the employees at the yard include Abdullah son of Nauroz, resident of district Bagram, Parwan province, Afghanistan, and Asif Khan son of Zahid Khan who is a resident of Shinwaray Sheikh Baba, tehsil Upper Mohmand, Mohmand Agency.

Another scrap yard has been identified at Rawat which is owned by Bahadar Ali son of Sardar Hussain, resident of Usman Khel, Nowshera. Another yard is on Bhangrel Road, Shams Colony, Rawat, which is run by Rasheed Ahmad son of Sardar Khan, resident of Shams Colony, Rawat. All these yards are situated in the limits of Sihala police station.

The others include the one near post office in Sitara Market, G-7 Markaz, which is run by Gulfam Masih son of Anwar Masih, resident of 66-Quarters, G-7/2. All the three employees at the yard are also Christians. G-7 Markaz has another scrap yard which is run by Arshad Ali son of Muhammad Shareef, resident of Allama Iqbal Colony, G-7 Markaz. The area falls within the limits of Aabpara police station.

The yard at Japan Road Bhindar stop near Gagri village is run by Muhammad Safeer son of Habibullah, resident of Patela, Muzaffarabad. Another yard at Japan Road, Bhindar stop, near Gagri village, is being run by Raheem Zada son of Ameer Zada, resident of Tehsil Khaar, district Bajaur agency. The area falls within the limits of Lohi Bher police station.

Adnan son of Anwar, resident of Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, Rawalpindi, is running a yard at plot number 611 near Mangal Bazaar in sector I-9/1. The employee at the yard, Jehangir son of Yaar Khan, is a resident of Chanari, district Mohmand Agency. Adeel Boota son of Boota Masih and Nishan Masih son of Chanan Masih are running two separate yards at Essa Nagri in sector I-9/1 in the limits of Industrial Area police station. Imran scrap yard is situated at Bahria Enclave Road in the limits of Bani Gala police station which is being run by Imran son of Muhammad Nawaz, resident of tehsil Sillanwali, district Sargodha. Akbar son of Muhammad Sarwar, resident of district Narowal, is running a scrap yard in sector G-8/1 in the limits of Karachi Company police station. The sources said that the CDA would remove the said yards ahead of the parade.

Meanwhile, district magistrate Islamabad has prohibited flying and operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), phantoms and cam copters in Fatima Jinnah Park sector F-9 except by those flown by law enforcement agencies and the ICT administration. The magistrate has imposed section 144 CrPC 1898 to enforce the ban which will continue for two months. According to an order issued by the district magistrate office, PAF had informed the administration that certain segments of the public operate UAVs, phantoms and cam copters in Fatima Jinnah Park which pose a threat to the precarious security situation in the capital. These UAVs can be used by miscreants to conduct terrorist acts in areas that have been secure and safeguarded against ground attacks in wake of March 23 parade. “Any possible terrorist attack would jeopardize security of the residents of ICT and sensitive installations that create law and order situation and grave threats to public peace at large. Moreover it can affect the fly past in connection with Pakistan day parade-2016,” the order said.