More than 8,000 illegal Afghan citizens detained in Peshawar
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): More than 8,000 undocumented Afghan citizens have been arrested in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar over the past six months, police say.
Based on growing complaints of street crimes, robberies, target killings, mobile-snatching and car-lifting, the arrests were made during various search and strike operations by the police.
A report from the police department said a campaign had been launched against outlaws in cantonment and rural areason the directives of SeniorSuperintendent of Police Abbas Majeed Marwat.
It added 8,220 Afghan refugees without proper documentation were detained. Some of the illegal foreigners were also found to be involved in various criminal activities, the report claimed.
Meanwhile, Daily Times quoted another police official as saying that 11 members of a gang had been held in raids in various areas of Peshawar. An Afghan teenager, Usman, headed the ring with the help of two other aides, DSP Rokhan Zeb said.
The ringleader and his associates were arrested during the search and strike operations by Phandu police. Once arrested, the teenager allegedly confessed to his crimes, which mainly involved robberies.
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