‘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

Afghan citizen dies of cancer in Karachi jail


Naimat Khan

KARACHI: An Afghan national, who visited Pakistan for treatment but was detained by police, has died of cancer inside a jail in the port city of Karachi, refugees here said on Wednesday.

Abdul Ahad, a resident of northern Baghlan province, had arrived through the Torkham border crossing into northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province before reaching Karachi for admission to the Agha Khan Hospital.

He was accompanied by his brother’s wife, Seema, and nephew Abdul Basir on his journey from Baghlan to Karachi, where all the three ended up in jail for lacking legal travel documents.

Haji Abdullah, an Afghan refugee elder at a camp in Karachi, told this scribe Abdul Ahad had been treated free of cost at the Agha Khan Hospital because he belonged to the Ismaili sect.

He said the cancer patient had previously been treated at the same hospital, but this time he ended up in jail instead of the hospital.

Abdullah said the police did not release Abdul Ahad despite his medical history and continued to keep him behind bars until died.

He said Abdul Ahad’s crime to travel to Pakistan without legal documents was not a big one as dozens of Afghans arrived in the country without having legal travel documents for treatment and business tasks.

Abdul Ahad was once shifted from the jail to the Agha Khan Hospital after his condition deteriorated, but police arrested him again after discharged.

The elder said Abdul Ahad breathed his last three days ago in the jail, but his brother’s wife and nephew continued to languish somewhere in a Karachi jail.

“His corpse is placed at a morgue of the Edhi Foundation and the Agha Khan Hospital is trying to shift his body to Afghanistan,” the elder said.

Ansar Burney, a leading Pakistani human rights and civil rights activist, told that on the one hand Pakistan called Afghanistan a brotherly nation and on the other detained its citizens.

He said in some cases, the laws should not be considered and no ailing person should be jailed on humanitarian grounds.

He said the police should have consulted the Afghan Consulate regarding Abdul Ahad and should have released him on bail.

An official at the Agha Khan Hospital confirmed Abdul Ahad had died in jail and that they were making efforts to shift his body to Afghanistan.

The news story was originally filed in Pashto by this scribe as freelancer for Pajhwok which published it with English version (Please read the Pashto story here and the English version here)