26 Afghan men on 4th schedule flee Pakistan

Fourth Schedule of the ATA imposes various restrictions on people found involved in suspicious activities


Ehtisham Khan December 23, 2019

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 (K-P) 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.

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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.

The police will now decide as to whether names of the Afghan nationals should be kept on the Fourth Schedule or removed from it. 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.

“They were also not barred from traveling abroad through various measures like confiscation of property documents and therefore they easily managed to return to their country,” he said.

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