26 Afghan Nationals in 4th Schedule managed to escape from Pakistan

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

24th Dec, 2019. 01:04 am

PESHAWAR: Twenty-six Afghan nationals who were put on the Fourth Schedule have managed to flee to Afghanistan due to negligence of police.

The Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) imposes various restrictions on people found involved in suspicious activities.

A total of 378 people, including the 26 Afghan nationals, were put on the schedule in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) from 2008 to 2019 on the recommendations of security agencies.

These people belonged to various districts of the province. However, all the Afghan citizens have managed to leave Pakistan.

This was revealed when the K-P home ministry sought details of the fourth schedulers from provincial police and Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officials during a recently held meeting.

According to a KP police officer, these Afghans were added to the schedule due to their suspicious activities during the war on terror, but were later ignored.

The Taliban have killed at least twenty-five Afghan soldiers in an insider attack in central Afghanistan, underscoring the dangers Afghan forces face from within their own ranks.

The overnight insider attack happened in the Qarabagh district where a group of seven security personnel Friday night turned their guns on fellow soldiers at a local Afghan army base.

Defence ministry spokesman Fawad Aman later told that the troops had been killed by Taliban infiltrators.

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