Islamabad: Police plan raids on 230 ‘clubs’
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad police have spotted the city’s around 230 clubs involved in prostitution and other immoral activities, with a plan to crack down on them.
Talking to Daily Times, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Syed Kaleem Imam on Saturday admitted presence of brothels in the capital and said the police had so far raided many brothels and made scores of arrests. He said more such actions would be taken in future.
He, however, said there might be some brothels in the city, which were being run secretly. He said the police would crack down them shortly.
Sources in the Islamabad police said that there were around 230 clubs, where prostitution and immoral activities continued unchecked. They said that there were scores of relatively less known brothels in the city though law of the land prohibited prostitution.
Of the 230 clubs, 77 are located in Khosar police station’s jurisdiction, 60 in the limits of Shalimar police station, 40 in Margalla police station areas, 30 in Industrial Area police station localities and 24 in Aabpara police station’s jurisdiction, they said.
The sources said that most of these clubs run under the guise of beauty salons and massage parlours. They said well-connected people ran such clubs with police’s connivance.
The existence of brothels in the city had come to light last year when Lal Masjid students raided a ‘brothel’ in G-6 and tortured its owner, a woman. Last week, the police again raided a ‘dance club’ in F-103 and arrested around 50 people including three MPs-elect, whom the police freed shortly after the raid.
The sources said these clubs’ owners paid monthly ‘commission’ to the policemen concerned to continue their business without any let or hindrance.
“I’m surprised that the police took action against the owners of the dance club after one year despite many complaints from the residents,” said Khalid, a resident of F-103.