35 men arrested in joint raid on 'hospital' in Peshawar

Police said this ‘hospital’ had beds set up just like a regular treatment ward with all medical facilities.

Riaz Ahmed December 25, 2014

PESHAWAR: A joint raid by police and the army in Peshawar on Thursday led to the arrest of at least 35 men in an injured condition from a clandestine hospital.

Acting on a tip-off from security agencies, authorities raided a house in Nothia area of Peshawar and found that it doubled as a hospital.

“These [arrested] people were injured and were receiving treatment at the ‘hospital.’ Majority of them looked like Afghan refugees but we will be able to tell who they are exactly once they are interrogated by our teams,” a security official told The Express Tribune adding that the men had been moved to an undisclosed location.

The official said it was possible that those apprehended had been injured in recent military operations.

He said that the ‘hospital’ looked like a house from the outside adding that it has become increasingly difficult for militants to admit their comrades to regular hospitals.

Police said inside this ‘hospital’, beds had been set up just like a regular treatment ward complete with all medical facilities.

“The house is owned by a local jeweler,” security officials said, adding that the property, now sealed, had been rented out by its owner.

Police said that the army officials knew who the arrested suspects were but were reluctant to share any information about them.


Prof Manzoor Awan | 6 years ago | Reply

Great. But we need to institute NATION WATCH; each nine of us consciously on the lookout. Fir suspicious activities.

khan420 | 6 years ago | Reply

These could be Afghan nationals. The authorities are well aware of the fact that the Afghans in Pakistan run a parallel governance system. They do business but don't pay taxes, solve their disputes in their own jirgas and maybe have their hospitals too.

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