File Photo: Afghan nationals entering Pakistan at Pak-Afghan border Chaman: Photo Quetta Voice

Staff Reporter:

QUETTA: Balochistan’s Caretaker Information Minister, Jan Achakzai, made a significant announcement regarding the repatriation of Afghan refugees through the Chaman border. Over 1,000 Afghan refugee families have been repatriated as part of the Pakistani government’s efforts to address the issue of illegal immigrants. This initiative has gained momentum in the wake of the Federal Government’s set deadline.


Deadline set for all illegal immigrants, not only Afghan refugees

Minister Achakzai emphasized that the deadline, set for November 1st, applies not only to Afghan refugees but to all illegal immigrants. He urged “some political parties” to refrain from politicizing the refugee issue, emphasizing the importance of focusing on humanitarian efforts over political scoring.

Minister suggests political parties avoid politicizing the issue

However, he suggested that ‘some political parties’ avoid politicizing the refugee issue and stop political scoring in this regard. The Minister revealed that the special branch of police was tasked to spot refugees who have been hiding since the announcement of repatriation. “Our effort is to ensure respectful repatriation of refugees”, Jan Achakzai stated.

The government has taken hard on smugglers

Mr. Achakzai mentioned that for the first time in the history of the country, the government has taken hard on the elements involved in smuggling in Balochistan. Chief of Army Staff, General Syed Asim Munir has issued strict instructions in this regard, he elaborated.

The Minister stated that terrorists and their facilitators would not be spared rather strict action would be taken against them. “No room for terrorism here”, Mr. Achakzai warned.

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