Islamabad - In anticipation of a backlash from the sympathisers of the terrorists from the continuing executions of the condemned terrorists, the federal capital police are on high alert and in collaboration with the Rawalpindi police, Rawalpindi education department and the intelligence agencies have expedited their hunt for the Afghan nationals illegally staying in Pakistan, it has been learnt reliably on Sunday.

According to the sources, the police are particularly focusing on the slums, including the Sector I-11 Katchi Aabadi, housing a large number of Afghan nationals.

They said that the education department of the Rawalpindi district is also assisting the law enforcing agencies in tracing out the Afghan nationals illegally residing in the federal capital.

According to them, the teachers of government schools of Rawalpindi district were especially called to school on Saturday (December 20) to identify, if any, the Afghan nationals whose staying permission in Pakistan has expired, by going through the particulars of Afghan children enrolled in the district’s government schools. Dozens of such Afghan nationals were traced during the exercise, said the sources in the police department.

Meanwhile, the local police during joint operations during the last few days have arrested dozens of suspects, including foreigners from different parts of the capital city.

The swoops, carried out by the police, Rangers and intelligence agencies also led to the recovery of arms and ammunition and contrabands. Besides, Afghan settlements, bus terminals and hotels are under special surveillance of the law enforcers and intelligence agencies’ personnel, the sources added.

On December 20, the Sabzi Mandi police during a search operation near NUST arrested 4 Afghan nationals who could not present any valid proof of their entry and residence in Pakistan.

They include Saeed Khan, Gul Rehman, Abdul Baqi and Masoom Khan. All the four have been booked under Foreigners Act.

During search operation the same night, one Bahadur Khan was arrested from Madina Town area of Bhara Kahu who was in possession of 7mm rifle and 64 live rounds.

Bhara Kahu police also arrested one Syed Muhammad Raza from Bukhari Street who was in possession of 16 rounds of G-3 rifle, 23 rounds of 8mm and 1 round of Kalashnikov.

The police also arrested one Majeed Sultan from Uthal village of Bhara Kahu for illegally possessing a 30-bore pistol and 2 rounds.

All the accused have been booked under section 13/20/65. In a search operation, Sihala police arrested one Naseer Ahmad who was in possession of a 30-bore pistol and 3 rounds. During patrolling, the local police also arrested a number of other accused who were in possession of liquor and contrabands.

Furthermore, the intelligence and security agencies, in the light of secret information, have issued warning that city’s educational institutions, installations of armed forces and foreign missions and diplomats are at high risk following the execution of terrorists. The security measures had been enhanced around these installations by deploying extra security personnel and establishing pickets on the roads leading towards them.

Besides, round-the-clock patrolling of Rangers has also been started, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Nilore police have recovered a dead body from a car bearing registration umber LUH-8317 in the area of Dulla Lehtrar on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the security of government hospitals including Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences and Polyclinic has been beefed up to counter any emergency situation.

According to sources, guards deployed at the entrance of the hospitals have been directed to check any suspicious person entering the premises. It has also been ordered to close all entrance and exist points at night.

Meanwhile Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) administration has directed senior doctors to ensure their presence in the evening as well.

The doctors and staff of Polyclinic have also been directed to remain on high alert due to any possible clash outside the Lal Mosque by the protestors.

–Tahir Niaz