Over 0.4 million illegal Afghan nationals left Pakistan so far

Minister says any Afghan national living in Pakistan legally will be deported if found involved in crime.

ISLAMABAD: The repatriation of illegal Afghan nationals from Pakistan continues and on Saturday 2,121 people crossed into Afghanistan, according to officials.

With these, the number of undocumented Afghan nations returning to their country reached 421,101. 

The government has said that it will continue its drive to send back all illegal aliens to their home countries. Moreover, any Afghan national living in Pakistan if found involved in any crime would also be deported, said caretaker interior minister Sarfraz Bugti.

After the expiry of the deadline set for the illegal Afghans to go back voluntarily on October 31, the police and other law enforcement agencies started action against those still staying in different cities and towns.

On the first day of the action against the illegal aliens, police in Islamabad rounded up 64 Afghans. They were later shifted to Peshawar in buses.

The police and officials of the Federal Investigation Agency guarded the buses along the road. From Peshawar, they would be transported to the Torkham border for deportation to Afghanistan.

Officials said that action had also been launched against the illegal Afghans in different parts of the country. Most of the illegal Afghans are reported to be living in Karachi.

The Sindh caretaker government has set up two holding centers in Karachi where the illegal Afghans would be kept and then sent to Balochistan for deportation through the Chaman border.

The illegal foreigners were given four of weeks, till October 31, to voluntarily leave the country.

The government had stated that after expiry of the deadline, illegal migrants would be deported.

Caretaker prime minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar recently said there were at least 1.1 million illegal Afghan nationals living in Pakistan.

He said the deadline was not just for the illegal Afghans but for all those aliens who have been living in the country without any documents.

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