Islamabad is known to house a lot of foreign residents as it is the capital of Pakistan. It was recently reported that foreigners residing in at least 65 houses within Islamabad have mysteriously disappeared when final noticed were served to them by the police last month. These noticed required of the residents to submit their details to the police. According to the officials, these 65 houses were among 303 others that were occupied by foreign residents in Islamabad. Up until the 15th March, these residents refused to provide their details to the local police departments. While the police was able to extract details about the tenants of the remaining 238 houses, upon visit to the said 65 houses, the police found them vacant.
The authorities are completely unaware as to the whereabouts of said foreigners living in these houses. The police department thinks that these foreigners either left the city, moved out of the country, or moved to different houses. When the owners of those houses were approached for questioning they stated that the foreigners no longer lived there. A police officer stated,
As we have no details about the foreigners, including their names and nationalities or passport numbers, it is impossible to trace their whereabouts… Such mysterious disappearances rose suspicions about the tenants and there is a possibility that they might have been involved in anti-state activities or other practices.
The police may get in touch with the immigration department to check if any foreigners left the country in the past few weeks.
Following directions from the Ministry of Interior, in March this year, foreigners were served with notices to provide their details failing to comply with which would lead to blockades on the entry and exits of their houses. The 65 houses that were mysteriously vacated in Islamabad are thought to have belonged to certain embassy employees and diplomats. According to the officials, in Islamabad, at least 118 houses were rented by Americans, 32 by Chinese nationals, 13 by Australian and English nationals, 10 by Saudi Arabian nationals, 8 by German, 7 by Japanese, 5 from the EU and India, 4 from Belgium, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan and Oman. Given the data, the police is still unable to pinpoint the nationalities living in the 65 houses now vacated.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.