More than 118 held in Peshawar search operation

* A Sri Lankan national among the arrested ‘illegal’ residents

PESHAWAR: Mindful of the likely presence of militants in the disguise of internally displaced persons, Peshawar police on Sunday conducted a search operation in the posh Hayatabad residential district arresting around 118 “illegal” residents, including a Sri Lankan national.Tatara Police Station official Riaz Khan said the operation was divided in eight phases. “Most of the suspects were living illegally or could not provide identification documents. An investigation to determine their identity is underway,” he was talking to media. More than 700 cops, including lady police personnel, took part in the operation which was assisted by sniffer dogs, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Najeeb-ur-Rehman told media.The search operation was conducted in Phase 6 and 7 of Hayatabad bordering Khyber tribal region. Main reason for the search operation was the arrival of internally displaced people from North Waziristan where the military launched operation against Taliban. “The militants may be intruding in posh areas and today’s search operation was for the same reason,” senior police official Riaz Khan went on to add. A senior security official told Daily Times that the police was readied for the search operation after intelligence tipped off presence of militants in the area.“The operation was also conducted to sensitise people about the present Tenant Law and identify illegal residents living in Peshawar,” the security official said. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has recently introduced a new Tenant Law making every person living in rented homes to get registered with the local police. Most arrested suspects hail from Khyber and Bajaur areas and few of them also include recently arrived some IDPs from North Waziristan. 

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