Rawalpindi - Amid a nationwide wave of terror incidents and crackdown against illegal Afghan migrants, the police high-ups of Saddar Circle are taking no action against illegal Afghan nationals residing at Chak Jalal Din. As many as 250 Afghan nationals have been residing illegally in huts and makeshifts at Qureshi Colony and Malik Colony on Girja Road, the limits of Police Station Saddar Bairooni, at Chak Jalal Din, a populated area of constituency (NA-52) of Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

Unfortunately, the police bosses of Saddar Circle are reluctant to conduct search operation in these areas despite strict orders of the Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja and City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi,” reliable sources and a visit paid by this scribe to the locality revealed on Thursday.

Under the National Action Plan (NAP), all the law enforcement agencies, including police, have been directed to launch crackdown on illegal Afghans and other anti-social elements to control wave of terror in the country. However, Saddar Bairooni police and top bosses of Saddar Circle are daringly violating the NAP and reluctant to search the two localities. A resident of Malik Colony, seeking anonymity, told The Nation that he has been living in the area for the last 15 years. He said that neither police nor Army troops have visited the areas to check whether these Afghan nationals have residential permits or not.

He said that due to the presence of Afghan nationals crime rate in Girja and its suburbs was climbed up while sale of narcotics was also going unchecked in these areas. Another local said, “I have heard in TV and red in news papers about police door-to-door search operations against suspected elements but never seen a single cop here in Qureshi Colony to probe these Afghan nationals.” Many other locals, who requested this scribe to not publish their names in the story, expressed their grave concerns over presence of Afghan nationals in Chak Jalal Din and against police negligence. They urged for combing the area by law enforcement agencies as it might be possible some terrorists of banned outfits are staying in disguise of these Afghan nationals.

They demanded the government to take notice of the presence of illegal Afghan nationals and order a massive search operation here to purge the locality from suspects. Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja was not available for his comments on the issue of grave concern despite making phone calls on his cell and office numbers by this scribe.