Police register FIR against appearance of ‘IS flag’ in Islamabad outskirts


ISLAMABAD, Sep 25 (TNS) The Islamabad police on Monday registered a first investigation report (FIR) regarding the appearance of a flag supposedly belonging to the self-styled militant Islamic State (IS) group in the outskirts of the capital.

The FIR, which includes clause 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, has been registered at the Khanna Police Station.

Law enforcement agencies swung into action on September 24 after the flag, spotted on a bridge near Iqbal Town in Khanna police precincts, triggered a debate on social and electronic media over whether it belonged to the IS or not.

Taking notice of the rumours, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, before leaving for a trip to China, had asked the Islamabad inspector general of police (IGP) to look into the matter and submit a report.

Khanna Police Station House Officer Abdul Sattar had earlier said that the flag did not belong to IS.

The flag came to the attention of authorities after a citizen reported it to police. A team from Khanna police had reached the spot and removed the flag.

Investigators were not able to determine who had hoisted the flag and when questioned, the citizen who gave police the initial information said that he saw the flag while passing through the area and assumed that it belonged to the terrorist organisation, as it was similar to IS flags he had seen in television reports.