PESHAWAR – With the Zarb-i-Azb operation underway in North Waziristan, the Peshawar Police launched a massive search operation on Sunday, arresting more than 118 illegal residents including a Sri Lankan national from the posh Hayatabad Township, bordering Khyber Agency.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Najeeb-ur-Rehman said that more than 700 police officials including lady police personnel took part in the operation. Sniffer dogs were also used in the Phase 6 and the Phase 7 of the Hayatabad Township area raids.
He said that the operation in North Waziristan tribal region was also a reason that the suspects may intrude in posh township areas. The operation started at about 5am and was launched after the paramilitary forces received a tip-off about the presence of suspects in the area.
Station House Officer (SHO) of Tatara Police Station Riaz Khan said that the operation was divided in eight phases. The most of the suspects in Hayatabad were living illegally or could not provide identification documents, he said. An investigation to determine their identity was underway, he said.
He said that the operation was also conducted to sensitise people about the present tenet law and identify illegal residents living in Peshawar. Recently, the government has introduced a new tenant law according to which every person living on rent in Pakhtunkhwa should register themselves with the local police.
They are required to provide complete details of their family members and No Objection Certificate (NoC) to the concerned police station. Previously, a number of suspects living in parts of Peshawar including Hayatabad had been arrested, which prompted the provincial government to enact a law in order to trace the illegal residents in the area.