RAWALPINDI - No action has been taken the civic authorities or police against the banned outfits, which have decorated the every nook and corner of the city with banners and posters seeking hides of sacrificial animals.

Moreover, the members of Jamat-ud-Dawa (Falah-e-Insaniyet Foundation) has also set up a big camp outside the Children Park at Commercial Market, mocking the ban on such activities imposed by the federal government as well as the CDGR and police department. The other banned outfits included Sunni Tehrik, Hizbul Tehreer, Sipah-e-Sahaba (Millat-e-Islamia) and Jaish-e-Muhammad (Alfuqran and Khudam-ul-Islam), revealed a survey conducted by TheNation on Friday.

Two days before, Regional Police Officer (RPO) Captain (retd) Muhammad Zubair, in a circulation, had strictly directed all the DPOs, DSPs and SHOs to bar the members of banned outfits from displaying banners or posters seeking hides of animals on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha besides impounding their vehicles or else stern action would be taken against the Station House Officers (SHOs) of the areas concerned.

All the firm instructions of RPO have been thrown into dustbin by the defiant SHOs and other high-ups of police department by not refraining the members of banned outfits who had installed banners and posters along the Rawal Road (the area of Police Station (PS) Waris Khan, Adyala Road, Gulshanabad and other adjacent localities (area of PS Saddar Bairooni), Commercial Market, Rehmanabad and 6th Road (controlled by PS New Town), Kuri Road, Sadiqabad, Shakeriyal (limits of PS Sadiqabad), Fauji Colony, Hazara Colony (areas of PS Pirwadhai), Morgah, Kotha Kalan, Officers Colony, Dheri Hassanabad, Lalkurti, Tahli Mohri, (areas of PS Civil Line) and Dhoke Seydan, Baraf Khana Chowk (precinct of PS RA Bazaar).

However, no action has been taken against any SHO, leaving the impression that the police big wheels of Rawalpindi just liked to make the headlines by issuing such directives but did not bother to implement their own orders.

RPO Captain (Retd) Muhammad Zubair, when contacted by this scribe, first said that it was not the police but the federal government, which had issued instructions of not allowing the banned outfits to collect sacrificial animal hides.

When asked as to why had he issued a circulation to police officers of the region to launch a crackdown against the members of banned outfits found involved in collecting animal hides, the RPO swiftly changed his version saying, “Let me seek from my subordinates in which areas violation is being done. I would ask SHOs to remove illegal banners and posters of banned outfits”.