Crackdown launched against illegal immigrants in Peshawar

Published: May 25, 2012

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has ordered the provincial police to nab all foreigners who fail to produce valid documents. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has ordered the provincial police to nab all foreigners who fail to produce valid documents permitting them to stay in Pakistan.

District Coordination Officer (DCO) Siraj Ahmad Khan had earlier, on April 25, given a one month deadline to all foreigners who lacked valid visas and were staying in Pakistan. He had issued a warning, stating that all those who failed to produce valid documentation or refugee cards would be arrested.

When the deadline expired on May 25, the police started hunting down all those people who were living in and outside the provincial capital without proper approval.

Feroz Shah, Public Relations Officer to the DCO, told The Express Tribune that the deadline had expired and a number of foreigners who lacked proper documents to stay in Pakistan had been arrested, adding that the crackdown was still underway and the police had been ordered not to favour anyone.

He said that the arrests were being made under the Foreingers Act, and that most of the arrested were Afghan refugees.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • May 25, 2012 - 10:12PM

    Nothing wrong with the crack down against illegal immigrants in general though, however, as usually observed; Peshawar Police often abuse the government order to arrest and deport the illegal refugees by extorting bribes to let these illegal immigrants go and harass every and each Afghan whether or not having the legal permit to stay in Pakistan.

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  • ashar
    May 26, 2012 - 12:03AM

    Well, good job and eventually they will drive them off to Karachi. A heaven of illegal settlers.

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  • Adnan
    May 26, 2012 - 1:31AM

    @Pakighan (Afghan Karachiite):
    With all due respect, Pakistanis in Afghanistan are just butchered! And I can’t even mention how they abuse us and insult us at every platform provided. Go see for yourself on Youtube.
    This considering the fact that Pakistan sheltered them, trained them and provided them refuge. I know we didn’t make life very easy for you but then are we any better off? And trust me, because of this attitude there is increasing frustration even among Pakistani Pashtuns for the Afghan refugees.
    Despite all this, you and other Afghans are welcome to stay in Pakistan (your home as much as it is ours). Allah will do justice! We as Pakistanis are going through the toughest of times and despite the 30 years of hospitality, the Afghans butcher us if possible and abuse us and insult us in a very derogatory manner. Allah will do justice, insh’Allah!

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  • Swati
    May 26, 2012 - 1:32AM

    I am a Pakistani Pashtun. I start disliking Afghan ppl when i saw video of a match between India and Pakistan and all Afghans carry Indian flag.

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  • Amjad
    May 26, 2012 - 4:17AM

    I’s time for the government to send back all Afghani refugees living in Pakistan- the same for the Central Asian refugees, Bangladeshis and Indians who have come. Until Pakistan deals with giving jobs and opportunity to its own citizens, the nation cannot afford others. Pakistan is not like Canada where so many Afghanis or Somalis can claim asylum and live on state assistance/ khayrat.

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  • curious
    May 26, 2012 - 6:15AM

    Yes, must send all Afghanis back to their Afghanistan.

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  • May 26, 2012 - 10:09AM

    @Adnan:

    I bet you are bit paranoid. Nobody butchers Pakistanis in Afghanistan. Go check the statistics; there are almost one hundred thousand Pakistanis working in Afghanistan – some of them not having the proper travel documents.

    @Swati:
    Sports enthusiasm shouldn’t be based on political sensations. Afghans supporting Indian cricket team doesn’t make them your enemies – just like they are not anti-Indians when backing Pakistani team.

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  • Nadeem S
    May 30, 2012 - 9:06AM

    Get these Afghans out of Pakistan, enough is enough, why is the GOP allowing Afghans extensions on deadlines? No one respects our laws any more because we ourselves dont respect them, please gather all Afghans, they are not welcome in Pakistan as they are enemies of our nation, please send them back across the border and seal the border, with fences and mines no matter the cost.

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