File Photo: Afghan women, children leaving for Afghanistan at Pak-Afghan border Chaman on Tuesday: Photo Syed Sardar Muhammad Khondai

Syed Ali Shah:

QUETTA: So far, over 100,000 Afghan refugees have been repatriated via the Pak-Afghan border Chaman border. This was revealed by Jan Achakzai, the Balochistan Caretaker Information Minister while addressing a press conference at the Quetta Press Club on Monday.

He informed that over 30,000 refugees who arrived from Sindh province had been repatriated via the Chaman border.

Police Detain Over 1,500 Illegal Immigrants

The repatriation of the refugees came after the federal government launched a countrywide crackdown against the illegal immigrants. Mr. Achakzai also informed that around 1500 illegal immigrants were also detained by police during the crackdown. Various points have been established at the border to facilitate the refugees leaving Pakistan, he informed.

Additional Points Established At The Border

Additional points were established at the border to facilitate the repatriation of refugees, he elaborated.

The Minister asked the Afghan officials to provide shelter to their refugees rather than leveling accusations against Pakistan. “We have valid documents that Afghan citizens are involved in acts of terrorism”, Mr. Achakzai said.

Afghan Leaders Should Put Their House In Order

Although, he said Pakistan has the right to maintain peace and the country would not further tolerate any interference. Afghan leaders should stop leveling blame since it was Pakistan’s principled right to repatriate the refugees, he added.

In response to a question about the blockade of NICs, the minister informed that over 50,000 cards were blocked only in Quetta city. “Investigation is underway by the NADRA regarding blocked cards”, he said.


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