Rawalpindi - Police have arrested seven Afghan nationals who were residing illegally in the country, informed a police spokesman yesterday.

All the illegal Afghanis have been sent to jail after registration of cases against them, he added.

According to him, a police team of Police Station RA Bazaar, following the instructions of City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, conducted an operation in Faisal Colony and held some 7 Afghan nationals who were residing in different houses illegally.

The accused were shifted to police station where they were identified as Farid Ullah, Hazrat Ullah, Aziz Ullah, Aman Ullah, Akbar Khan, Zafar Khan and Noor Ullah, he said.

When contacted, Station House Officer police station RA Bazaar Yasir Rabbani said that police on a tip-off carried out an operation in Faisal Colony and apprehended seven Afghan nationals who have been residing illegally. He added that residential permits (Refugee Cards) of the accused were expired and cases were registered against them. The police produced the detainees in a court of law and the judge sent them to Adiala Jail.

Meanwhile, the custodians of a shrine yesterday asked district Auqaf department to produce court’s decision for taking the custody of the shrine.

The manager Auqaf department pledged to bring court’s orders tomorrow (June 18) to get control of the shrine.

The Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi Bench, while disposing of a petition filed by three custodians of Kalyam Sharif Shrine has ordered the management to give the control of the shrine to district Auqaf department.

According to details, a team of district Auqaf department along with local police headed by DSP Saddar Circle Salim Khattak went Kalyam and held meeting with the custodians. During the meeting, the custodians refused to give control of the shrine.

They asked the official of Auqaf department to produce them the written orders of LHC if they want to take control of the shrine.

DSP Saddar Circle Salim Khattak, when contacted, confirmed the development saying it was decided in a meeting that the control of shrine would only be given to Auqaf after showing the court’s orders.