MULTAN - The district police have launched a crackdown on foreigners, staying illegally in Multan as a Sri Lankan was arrested here on Tuesday. The Sri Lankan was identified as Christi Silva, who was caught from Maryam Church located in the area of Muzaffarabad Police.

Sources said that Multan City Police Officer Muhammad Amir Zulfiqar had issued order for the launch of crackdown on all such foreigners who did not leave Multan despite termination of their visa date. Sources added that the Station House Officers (SHOs) of all police stations had started searching foreigners in their respective areas and conducted raids at a number of place.

It may not be out of place to mention here that two foreign aid workers namely Mr Burnd, a German national, and Mr Giovanni, an Italian were kidnapped by four unidentified armed persons from Qasim Bela area on Thursday evening. Both of them worked for a German NGO Welthungerhilfe (WHH) that is executing a rehabilitation project in flood hit areas of South Punjab.

The abducted foreigners are still missing as police failed to trace them and their kidnappers. Police suspected that they might have been kidnapped by any terrorist outfit but no group claimed the abduction till filing of this report either.

Security agencies claim that the foreigners were living illegally. “They had submitted an application for issuance of NOC in last June but it was rejected by the district administration,” police sources disclosed, adding that police told district administration that they could not provide security to the aid workers in the area they were living in and they should move to a secure place.

Sources claimed that after rejection of NOC application, the NGO workers told district administration that they were moving to Kot Addu where their organization was running a rehabilitation programme for the flood affectees. “However, they did not move and were still living at the same place. No security agency was aware of their presence in this area,” sources added.

RS61.6m schemes completed: The Multan Electric Power Company has accomplished 94 Low Tension (LT) schemes at a cost of Rs61.6 million in all eight circles during the month of December 2011.

Mepco sources said that the projects were executed with the financial support of Asian Development Bank. The development schemes were launched in different areas of Mepco Circle Multan, Vehari, Rahimyar Khan, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Muzaffargarh, DG Khan and Sahiwal.