LAHORE (Web Desk) - For the first time, 'tracking chips' will be installed in the feet of 1,600 terror suspects in Punjab province after Eidul Fitr to monitor their movements.
There are some 1,600 terror suspects on the list of the Fourth Schedule in Punjab. The Fourth Schedule defines a terror suspect as a “person who is concerned in terrorism or he belongs to a proscribed organisation”.
“The Punjab government has decided in principle to start electronic surveillance of 1,600 Fourth Schedulers by installing tracking devices on their ankles (commonly known as ankle-band) so that their movements can be monitored,” a spokesman for the provincial Counter-Terrorism Department told the media on Friday.
The official said the fourth schedulers whose movement was restricted under the law would be summoned for the purpose.
“We have bought the tracking devices from abroad and the process of installing them on the ankles of the terror suspects will begin after Eid,” he said.
The official expressed the hope that the use of the technology would not only help law enforcement agencies in keeping an eye on the suspects’ movements but also help reach ‘hard core terrorists’.
The Anti-Terrorism Act Section 11 (EE-f) empowers law-enforcement agencies to carry out electronic surveillance of the fourth schedulers. “This experiment is being done for the first time in Pakistan. Some other countries are already taking help from this device,” the spokesperson said.
Official sources said the government had decided to install the 'ankle chip’ after reports that a number of high-profile members of banned organisations were flouting the official order to `stay in a particular district or area’.
A high-profile member of a banned organisation has even performed Umrah without the permission of the Punjab government.
“We cannot deploy cops outside the residence of each fourth scheduler to watch his activities,” the official said.
“We don’t have much evidence against the fourth schedulers. But certainly some of them are in contact with hard core terrorists and through these devices we will monitor their activities easily and reach the terrorists,” he said.
Under the law, a fourth scheduler can leave a `restricted area’ after taking permission from the authorities concerned. If he does not do so, he can be taken into custody.
Pakistani rupee witnessed upward trajectort against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.
On Wednesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.7 for buying and 286.75 for selling.
Euro remained stable at 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate increased to 361 for buying, and 364 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.6 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||361||364|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.49||36.84|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.89||177.89|
KARACHI – Gold prices in the local market continue to decline in line with the international market.
On Wednesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs219,400 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs188,100.
Each tola for 24 karat is Rs216,700, 22 Karat is Rs198,640, and 21 karat rate per tola is Rs189,613 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,525.00 for single tola.
In the global market, the precious metal moved down, and hovers around $2023 per ounce after drop of around $10.
|Lahore||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Karachi||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Islamabad||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Peshawar||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Quetta||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Sialkot||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Attock||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Gujranwala||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Jehlum||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Multan||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Gujrat||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Nawabshah||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Chakwal||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Hyderabad||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Nowshehra||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Sargodha||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Faisalabad||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|
|Mirpur||PKR 219,400||PKR 2,625|