LAHORE Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Monday directed the government to take action against foreign diplomats if they were found involved in illegal activities in the country. The Chief Justice observed that the present courts were independent and would not allow violation of law in the country. The courts do not feel frightened of anyone expect Allah Almighty. We should act as a scrupulous and responsible nation like Iran, Chief Justice further observed. Justice Sharif made these remarks while hearing a petition against the alleged presence and illegal activities of Blackwater and Dutch nationals in Pakistan. Earlier, Secretary Interior Qamar-uz-Zaman appearing before the court stated that the government was taking actions against foreign diplomats for violating the law. He quoted an example of an official of the US Embassy who had been deported after he had been found guilty of defying law and misbehaving a police official in Islamabad. An officer of the Foreign Ministry stated before the court that the government could not take action against foreign diplomats as they enjoyed diplomatic immunity. He said two security guards of Dutch Embassy were arrested by police in the federal capital but allowed to go following the intervention of the Dutch Ambassador. The Chief Justice said nobody was above the law whether he was a Pakistani or a foreign national. However, the Chief Justice disposed of the petition with directions to the government to take action against foreign nationals if they were found involved in illegal activities or roaming in vehicles bearing fake numberplates. The petition was filed by Watan Party Pakistan through its Punjab Chapter President Hashim Shaukat Khan. Barrister Zafarullah Khan on behalf of the Party had contended that the American and Dutch nationals were roaming about in the streets of the Federal capital with sophisticated weapons and harassing local people as well as police personnel. He pointed out that Director-General ISI had brought to the notice of the chief of the CIA, the American intelligence agency, who had visited Pakistan last month, the American agency was involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan. He said an American magazine The Nation had disclosed the presence of Blackwater in Pakistan and its hideouts in Karachi, Peshawar and Islamabad. The Counsel also claimed that the Commandant(Incharge) Sihala Police Training Centre has also complained to his high-ups that explosive ammunition was being collected there and he was not allowed to visits the sites. He submitted that the police in the Federal capital had caught American and Dutch nationals with weapons but no action was taken against them. He pointed out that there were several reported incidents according to which American and Dutch nationals were found roaming around the Federal capital with sophisticated weapons like machinegun. Moreover, the diplomats and marines of both the countries thrashed the local people and harassed police personnel when they stopped them on suspicion. The Counsel said the culprits of all the incidents were set free on the intervention of Interior Ministry and no action was taken against them for violating the law. Barrister Zafarullah alleged that hundreds of members of the Blackwater had landed at Islamabad Airport and were allowed exit unchecked. He pleaded that even under Article 29 of the Vienna Convention 1961 diplomats did not enjoy any immunity for criminal activities. He asked the Court to direct the authorities concerned to register criminal cases against all foreign nationals who were apprehended with unlicensed weapons.