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ISLAMABAD: Around 300 houses in the capital were served final notices on Tuesday to provide residents’ details to the police.

The notices were served after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan directed police to seal the exit and entry points of houses whose residents had not furnished the details required under the law, despite repeated reminders.

The houses, which an interior ministry statement said were occupied by “foreigners”, have been told to furnish the necessary details before 6pm on Wednesday (today).

The handout said that due to security concerns, the interior ministry had been trying to register every individual residing in the capital for the last 18 months.

Notices were served after interior minister directed police to seal the exit and entry points of houses

Earlier, 430 houses which were being used by foreigners had refused to give details of their residents during a household survey, conducted by Nadra and the police, officials in the interior ministry and the police added.

Of the 300 houses, 185 are located in Kohsar police precincts, which includes sectors F-5, F-6, F-7 and E-7. At least 99 are located in the jurisdiction of Margalla police. Police said Americans or citizens of European Union were staying in these houses.

A police officer said houses would be sealed with barbed wires and locked if the foreigners continued to ignore the notices sent to them.

Published in Dawn, March 16th, 2016