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Peshawar unrest: Afghans seen as main source of trouble

Published Jan 02, 2013 01:15am


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Army soldiers guard the site of a bomb blast in Peshawar - File photo by Reuters
Army soldiers guard the site of a bomb blast in Peshawar - File photo by Reuters

PESHAWAR, Jan 1: In light of the frequent acts of terrorism, especially suicide bombings, in Qissa Khwani Bazaar and adjoining streets, Peshawar policemen manning the old city areas consider Afghan nationals the main problem for them, saying these foreigners move from one place to another very easily but leave no trace.

They are firmly of the opinion that an operation should be carried out in the area from GT Road to City Circular Road without delay to register tenants and catch rogue elements.

During a visit by Dawn to these areas on Tuesday, police officials expressed ignorance about directives from their bosses about registration of tenants in rented buildings. They also said they had no record of the occupants of these structures.

Police have time and again claimed to launch a campaign for registration of all tenants in the city and force property dealers to avoid provision of rented buildings without proper permission from the local police.

Also, they had reportedly decided that only families would be allowed to get houses in the residential population. However, in the main city areas, police have no record of tenants. The people can easily get a building on rent with police knowing nothing about them.

“The only solution to overcome the increasing terrorist acts is to carry out a thorough and concentrated operation and register tenants,” police officials said, suggesting that Afghan nationals be stopped from entering the city and renting houses.The police stations located inside the city have no record about the people living in the rented houses, plazas and flats.

They said police had to beef up security only during Muharram to avert any eventuality, adding that police had to visit different hotels, plazas to check the suspected people on temporary basis.

According to the officials, 18 bomb blasts have taken place in the city areas including Qissa Khwani but till now it could not be ascertained as to who facilitated the suicide bombers and how accurately they stroke their targets.

They said besides the minister, several senior police officials, including former CCPO Malik Saad Khan, DSP Khan Raziq, SP Hilal Haider and DSP Gulfat Hussain, many political workers and shopkeepers were also killed in the blasts but police did not arrest the handlers.

Former SHO of Khan Raziq police station Gharibullah Khan told Dawn that on former Senior Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour was very shocking for all but police had no prior information about his arrival at the ANP meeting where he was targeted.

“We had adopted security checks only for federal minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, who belongs to the city, but in the meantime, his brother and senior provincial minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour also reached the meeting and then left the venue earlier and the suicide bomber got a chance to attack him,” he said.

About checking of suspected elements, he said police used to check the lists of the people at hotels every night but reaching the actual man in a busy place like Qissa Khwani was almost impossible due to movement of a large number of people.

Another senior official, Bahadur Khan, who is investigating the Bashir Bilour bombing case, said police were trying to get clues about the facilitators of the bomber but the DNA report had yet to appear. He said police couldn’t say anything about the nationality of the bomber.

“Militants have reached every corner of the city to attack anyone,” he said. he added that police were thoroughly examining the case but it was consuming lots of time as the picking of people without authentic information would be wrong.

When contacted, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said police had the duty to check every place, locality and buildings and they did not need any permission from the government for it.

“Anyone can facilitate bombers either for money or fear of life,” he said, adding that such elements could easily disappear in the streets due to the rush of the people.

He said it was not necessary that bombers reached the city the day of their activity as they could easily find place in markets, plazas, and even houses and shops.

“We have ordered police to register all tenants and force property dealers to follow what the police direct them so that public life and property could be secured,” the minister said.


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well...... Jan 03, 2013 08:31am
we are ourselves living on foreign aid and fighting a war for a foreign country; why are we the only ones who should absorb these displaced people. Why doesnt india or US give them visas? its only fair isnt it? those numerous indian consulates have to be good for something dont they?
Ahmed Saeed Jan 02, 2013 03:09pm
Pakistan is a very strange country. One can very easily flout the entire system without any trouble. God help us.
Mukesh Jan 03, 2013 08:25pm
Please research the number of Afghans, Banglas, Sri Lankans and Chinese living in India as refugees - you will be surprised with the numbers
Waqas Jan 04, 2013 07:37am
Pakstani Pashtuns are loyal to Pakistan. Peshawar is part of Pakistan. This is coming from a proud Pakistani Pashtun. Sorry to burst your bubble. Punjab was also divided between India and Pakistan, does that make people from Lahore Indians today? No.
afghaa Jan 02, 2013 02:37pm
yes,government must take action whose responsible and also register all afghan nationalists few persons (registrars) accept bribes and not mention the nationalities.
AR Jan 04, 2013 02:09am
Whole Pakistan is freeland for aghans. Many illegal afghans living in Karachi too!
Anony Jan 03, 2013 08:19pm
'Divide and Conquer' has been the old motto of the west against us. I totally agree with 'Truth Speaker'.
Zishi Jan 03, 2013 05:26pm
Does that mean Pakistan is still part of India and India is still part of Britain?
Pathan Jan 02, 2013 07:30pm
Thank you 18th amendment. The security is now KP government issue and they must kick out their own kind to keep themselves save. hahahahahah
Mohdudul Huq Jan 03, 2013 02:42pm
Same thing the British did about the boundary issues between India and Pakistan.
Anwar Amjad Jan 03, 2013 01:45am
Afghan refugees have lived in Pakistan for over three decades. The second generation of Pakistani born Afghans is now coming of age. To expect that they will go back is unrealistic. Now Pakistan should think about their permanent settlement here and close this subject. Absorption of a few million Afghans in Pakistan will cause minimal social or cultural impact.
Truth Speaker Jan 03, 2013 04:47am
Peshwar is geniunly part of Afghanistan. Durrhand line is fake created by british to divide pashtuns.
Uzair bin Nafees Zubairi Jan 03, 2013 04:04pm
Because they are our brothers in islam. I am not saying they dont have any issues, however the fact still remains that they are our brothers and we wont be true believers till we wish for our brothers what we wish for ourselves. I understand that most of the people of pakistan, indeed of all of the "muslim world" have left the deen of Allah and have become completely brainwashed by America and its allies. However, I am sure there must still some people in Pakistan who are upon the deen who would recognise the rights of their brothers. And by the way I am not Afghan (not that it matters).