Pak to try brothel owners under Anti-Terrorism Act

Lahore: Pakistani authorities have decided to prosecute brothel owners in Punjab's provincial capital under Anti-Terrorism Act as prostitution houses here have become dens for terrorists.

Muhammad Pervez Rathore, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) here said brothels in Lahore have become dens of terrorists.

"There is strong evidence of the premises being used by terrorists in some incidents," he was quoted as saying by the The Post newspaper today.

Presiding over a meeting at the police headquarters yesterday, Rathore ordered Divisional SPs, DSPs and SHOs to launch a crackdown on 445 prostitution houses and their owners under the Anti-Terrorism Act, the report in the Pakistani daily said.

He also directed them to raid motels, guesthouses and inns which served as safe havens for criminals.

Rathore said police in plain clothes had found beyond doubt that they were involved in crimes, including terrorism.

Lahore has been targeted by terrorists amid fears that brothels have been used for launching operations.

On October 15, Taliban militants unleashed a wave of terror as they stormed three security facilities in Lahore in near-simultaneous attacks.

Bureau Report