RAWALPINDI: Another 18 persons in the Rawalpindi district were placed on the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, bringing the number of people on the watch list to 43.
While one of the fourth schedulers died last month, the watch list did not delete his name.
Due to their potential connections with proscribed groups or activity in dangerous practises, the citizens put on the fourth schedule of ATA 1997 are being closely watched by the police and intelligence.
Four of the 18 persons belonged to Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), one each to the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the so-called Islamic State, five to Tehreek-i-Jafaria Pakistan (TJP), while seven others were affiliated with the banned Ahl-i-Sunnat Wal Jamaatat Wal (ASWJ).
Five of the new fourth schedulers are Taxila locals, the others are Gujar Khan, Wah Cantt and one is from the Waris Khan district.
The fourth schedule under ATA 1997 may be imposed on any person who either has reliable intelligence or knowledge or who has a history of being connected to a proscribed group and their names are forwarded to police and law enforcement agencies.
The suspect’s name is normally put on the watch list for a period of three years, which, if recommended by the intelligence or police, may be expanded.
Imtiaz Ali Khokhar aka Taji Khokhar and his son were the fourth schedulers in Rawalpindi district.
Taji Khokhar died, but there was no elimination of his name from the watch list.
Under the 1997 ATA, any person whose name has been put on the fourth timetable is obligated to alert the police prior to leaving his or her permanent residence and upon his or her return.
In addition, such persons are also obliged to apply to their police station concerned a security bond promising their peaceful behaviour, otherwise it is to be booked under the applicable section of the ATA by local police.
A senior police officer said there was no standard operating procedure (SOP) for putting on the fourth scheduler list the name of any person who was detained by the police under ATA.
He said that based on the type of his case and his history, the Divisional Intelligence Committee (DIC) determines whether to put a suspect’s name on the watch list.