Crackdown on Illegal Afghan Citizens in Punjab in Response to Terrorism Wave
In response to the federal government’s instructions and due to recent terrorism incidents, a crackdown on Afghan citizens living illegally in Punjab has been initiated.
According to the Interior Department, there are 138,342 Afghans with proof of residence cards in Punjab, and 88,299 Afghans with citizen cards living in various parts of the province.
There are also over 50,000 Afghans in the province, including Lahore, who do not have any identity documents.
Sensitive districts in the province have been identified for joint operations by police, CTD, and other law enforcement agencies targeting unregistered Afghans.
In separate action, the CTD arrested 12 people during a combing operation in sensitive districts.
11 Militants Killed, 5 Police Officials Injured in Terror Attacks in Pakistan
On January 6, 2023, 11 militants were killed in South Waziristan and five police officials were injured in attacks in Lakki Marwat and Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan.
The militants were killed in an intelligence-led operation carried out by security forces, which foiled a major terrorist activity.
The attacks on police were eventually repelled.
The TTP commander who was killed had been involved in attacks on police stations and extortion and kidnapping in the area.
In separate incidents, police in the Dera Ismail Khan district was attacked while protecting an anti-polio team, and the Wargarey police station was attacked but repulsed by police and local residents.
365 Children Sexually Abused in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Past Year
Last year, 365 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, according to the provincial additional inspector general of police.
Four victims were killed by the perpetrators and 329 people were arrested on charges of sexually assaulting children. 283 cases were registered against juvenile offenders, 16 of which were for murder and 11 for attempted murder.
The National Commission on the Rights of Child and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund hosted a consultation on the issue, during which it was revealed that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the first province to have its own police law with provisions related to the protection of vulnerable groups, including children.
The province is also working on a comprehensive child protection policy and has eight of the country’s 13 exclusive child protection courts.
Tortured, Partially Burnt Body of 10-Year-Old Boy Found in Karachi
The partially burnt and tortured body of a 10-year-old boy was found in Steel Town, Karachi. The boy, who had multiple injuries and a large open wound on his head, was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for examination. The body was partly burnt, but still recognizable, and samples were collected for DNA testing and to determine if the boy had been sexually assaulted. The victim was later identified as a mechanic’s assistant from the Thatta district who had left work with someone on a motorcycle the previous evening. The initial investigation suggests that the boy was hit on the head with a hard object and then had kerosene poured on him and set on fire. Police are searching for the perpetrators. In a separate incident, a labourer was injured and a woman was shocked when an explosive in an electrical motor exploded in a scrap warehouse in Shershah. The explosion was caused by explosive material from a rocket propelled grenade that was contained in the motor. The motor contained around 100-150 grams of the explosive material.