ISLAMABAD: The ministry of interior on Sunday stated that all foreigners living in private houses in the capital city have provided their details to the police.
It said reports that some of the foreigners living in private houses had disappeared was incorrect.
It may be mentioned that a few years ago the ministry decided to collect the details of foreigners living in the federal capital but some of them refused to provide their data. During a survey conducted in February 2014, the police found foreigners living in 430 houses in the city.
The police later collected the details of tenants from 127 of the houses. Last month, the ministry issued notices to the foreigners living in the remaining 303 houses to provide their details to the police by March 15. However, there were reports that foreigners living in 65 houses disappeared before providing their details.
Ministry of Interior says reports about disappearance of foreigners living in 65 houses are not correct
The reports said when the police reached the houses, the owners said they were not aware of the whereabouts of the foreigners.
However, on Sunday, the ministry of interior issued an official statement claiming that all the foreigners living in the residential areas of the federal capital had provided their details. It also said reports about the disappearance of the foreigners living in 65 houses were incorrect.
The statement said the data was being analysed and verified so that it would be used for security arrangements.
The statement said the deadline of March 16 was given to the foreigners residing in 303 houses and it was decided that the entry and exit points of the houses would be sealed if the tenants did not provide their details on time.
Though the residents of the houses had been reluctant to provide the data for years, finally they submitted the data to the police an hour before the expiry of the deadline, the ministry added.
It claimed that the detail of all the foreigners living in the capital was available with the ministry of interior. “It is not correct that foreigners have disappeared from some of the houses,” the statement added.
Courtesy : Dawn News