ISLAMABAD - Islamabad police on Sunday arrested 487 suspects including 67 Afghans living in the federal capital. Sources said, a couple of them belong to a banned outfit operating in Punjab province.
Police arrested the suspects during an operation conducted in the wee hours on Sunday in the jurisdiction of Sabzi Mandi police station.
It is worthy of mentioning here that operation was conducted in the jurisdiction of Sabzi Mandi police station following a story published in The Nation last week about Afghan nationals involved in trade of drugs and lethal weapons including AK-47 and Italy made small weapons.
According to details, 400 policemen, 12 SHOs, four Sub-Divisional Police officers under the supervision of SSP Islamabad Muhammad Rizwan cordoned off the Sabzi Mandi area and conducted search operation there.
The police teams arrested 487 suspects having no authentic documents with them and 67 Afghans as well as 62 residents of tribal agencies whose record would be further verified to know whether their stay was legal or not.
On Sunday, the IGP Islamabad said that Islamabad police have devised a comprehensive plan for search and combing operation in Afghan and slum areas of the city to arrest suspects and those illegally staying in the city.
This plan has been chalked out to keep the city safe from militants and terrorists. The main purpose of this operation is to arrest suspects and criminal elements staying in these areas,” the IGP said on Sunday. The police teams conducted the search operation in Sabzi Mandi area and apprehended suspects.
SSP Rizwan has said that Afghan cards of nabbed suspects would be verified and their mobile phones record would be obtained. He said Islamabad police are using latest technology to trace the links of such suspects with criminal elements, dacoits or car lifters if any.
The SSP also directed all heads of police stations to continue this operation and ensure protection to the lives and property of the citizens besides ensuring arrest of mischievous elements.