Pakistan: Over 32,000 arrested in anti-terror operations since Peshawar carnage

| Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 19:01
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Pakistan: Peshawar carnage

Islamabad: Pakistan's law enforcement agencies have arrested over 32,000 people on different charges in more than 28,000 anti-militant operations in the aftermath of the Peshawar school massacre, the government said on Saturday. The arrests were made after the launch of the National Action Plan (NAP) in December which aims to rid the country of terrorism following Taliban's massacre at an army school in Peshawar in which 150 people, including 136 students were killed.

32,347 people were arrested on different charges in 28,826 anti-militants operations conducted across the country, the government said. A report presented to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif states that the security agencies conducted 14,791 operations in Punjab, 5,517 in Sindh, 6,461 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 84 in Balochistan, 405 in Islamabad, 1,394 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, 83 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 91 in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

The report is based on information available from December 24, 2014, to March 25, 2015. It states that under the NAP, the security agencies arrested 32,347 people including 2,798 from Punjab, 6,467 from Sindh, 18,619 from KP, 3,483 from Balochistan, 762 from Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), nine from PoK, 30 from Gilgit-Baltistan and 179 from FATA.

Moreover, 37 terrorists were killed during this period and among those arrested also included 727 hardcore militants. During the said period, 62 convicts have also been executed. According to the report, 18,855 Afghan Refugees have been deported whereas 354,672 have been registered.

The Federal Investigation Agency has registered 64 cases for money transfer through Hawala Hundi, arrested 83 people and recovered Rs 101.7 million during the said period. Nine cases have also been registered for suspicious transactions while the agency also registered 57 money laundering cases and arrested 50 people on such charges.

The State Bank of Pakistan also froze 120 accounts containing Rs 10.1 billion under the measures being takenunder NAP. Around 2,237 intelligence-based operations were also conducted during this period throughout the country, the report said.

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