‘Foreigners go untraced after they enter Karachi’


KARACHI: At a time when the law enforcement agencies have launched a crackdown against common Afghanis besides local and foreign militants, intelligence sources say majority of the foreigners, especially Afghan nationals, go untraced after their arrival into Karachi.

Highly credible sources told  that the Pakistan People’s Party(PPP) provincial government is taking necessary steps at the entry points of Sindh, but the airport, being a potential entry point for the terrorists and their financers, has totally being ignored from where not only Afghanis but nationals of other countries also entre into the restive metropolis.

“Once they are entered into the troubled Pakistani port city no one knows as where they went and what are they doing” told a senior police officer while demanding complete anonymity.

Even there is no clue whether they remain in the city’s boundaries or move illegally to Balochistan and cities of other provinces due to lack of monitoring and proper report systems, sources said.

According to details, the majority of foreign nationals who are visiting Karachi don’t report for their arrival in Foreigners Registration Section (FRS) of Special Branch in Karachi, which keeps an eye over their movement.

Intelligence sources said at the time of arrival at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, they mention name of hotel of stay at FIA/Investigations Counter, but they don’t arrive at hotels and manage their stay at various places of the city.

“Some of them who stay at hotels upon their checkout don’t leave for airport but manage their extended stay in various parts of the city” sources inform.

In this connection, the law enforcers have been cautioned that in the prevailing state of affairs, ongoing operation Zarb-i-Azb and action against terrorists and criminals, necessary measures should be ensured to avoid any terrorist act.

According to a report, appeared in this newspaper last year, as many as eight international spy agencies are providing direct financial support to the killers and terrorists in Karachi.

Three of these agencies are working under the supervision of neighboring country and arch rival of Pakistan, India, which is also supporting terrorism in troubled Balochistan.

It is pertinent to mention that the ruling Pakistan People’s Party had expressed serious reservations over the extension of stay of war-hit but peaceful Afghan refugees till 31 Dec 2015 but its government has completely failed to monitor the movement of Afghan and other foreign nationals, who may be involved in criminal and terrorists activities.

The story is originally published here


Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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