No more welcome: 2,000 unregistered Afghans deported since APS attack

Published: March 3, 2015
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According to UNCHR report, there are 1.78 million registered Afghan refugees while 0.68 million are unregistered out of total 2.46 million refugees. PHOTO: INP

According to UNCHR report, there are 1.78 million registered Afghan refugees while 0.68 million are unregistered out of total 2.46 million refugees. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has deported around 2,000 unregistered Afghans after the attack on Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014.

“Pakistani authorities have clearly conveyed to the Afghan government that around three million refugees are posing grave security risk and it is now working to send back non-registered Afghan refugees at the earliest to minimise these risks,” security officials told Daily Express on the condition of anonymity.

These sources said that after the approval of the National Action Plan (NAP) the provincial governments have been directed to arrest illegal Afghans and deport them immediately.

“It has been clearly conveyed to Afghan authorities that around all the three million refugees will be repatriated by December 2015, and meanwhile no action will be taken against the registered refugees,” the sources said, adding, “it has also been conveyed that action is only being taken against those Afghan refugees who have not got themselves registered properly.”

The sources said that intelligence agencies have proof which was handed over to the Afghan authorities that there are unregistered Afghans who are involved in terrorist activities and crimes, creating law and order problems in Pakistan which cannot be tolerated anymore.

The official sources said that the same was conveyed by the Army Chief Raheel Sharif in his last visit to Kabul. “It is most likely that PM Nawaz will visit Kabul sometimes this month and the issue of repatriation of Afghan refugees and immediate deportation of illegal Afghans remains on the agenda.”

The official sources said that the government has expedited measures including registration and containing them to their refugee camps and restrict their activities. “Police have expedited a campaign against unregistered Afghans in Peshawar and other parts of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa,” the source said adding, “Unregistered Afghans travelling or staying in the province are being deported to their country under the section 14 of the Foreigners Act after fulfilling legal requirements.”

According to UNCHR report, there are 1.78 million registered Afghan refugees while 0.68 million are unregistered out of total 2.46 million refugees. “Pakistan is hosting Afghan refugees since long and time and again has reminded the international community that these people are a burden on its fragile economy apart from the fact that they (unregistered Afghan refugees) are also involved in criminal and extremist activities in Pakistan,” says the report.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2015.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • ajeet
    Mar 3, 2015 - 4:42AM

    Ghani should start acting as Afghanistan’s leader instead of being Pakistan’s ambassador in Afghanistan.Recommend

  • Mar 3, 2015 - 6:32AM

    All these Afghans should be given a choice. They should be
    allowed to go to India. And prosper there. Start businesses,
    enterprises and such. They will be much happier in India.
    Among their Indian brothers and sisters and chief patrons.Recommend

  • ahmed41
    Mar 3, 2015 - 8:27AM

    @Motiwala:

    Can this be done legally ??/Recommend

  • SK
    Mar 3, 2015 - 8:48AM

    Heading of this news suggests like all Afghans have been deported whereas 2000 out of 3 million is not even peanuts- Pak should expel all Afghans ASAPRecommend

  • Waseem
    Mar 3, 2015 - 8:54AM

    Thank you for that and please speed up the process, it has been long long due.Recommend

  • Anon
    Mar 3, 2015 - 9:00AM

    Great, this is how the pakistan is treating its people directly by expelling them from the country… very good…well done… now pakistanis will lecture Indians how to treat its minorities…anyways dont bother much now about minorities in India…because they will never be expelled from India like you do to these poor Afghans…

    And I think the Afghans will be much much happy and lucky enough to leave this god forbidden and dangerous country called pakistan and lead a good peaceful life in Afghanistan…

    Poor Afghans have already suffered enough under the barbaric kind of treatment the pakistanis rendered them… Recommend

  • Ash
    Mar 3, 2015 - 9:09AM

    What about the billions that Pakistan has got from the West to settle these refugees?will Pakistan return the money?Recommend

  • Motiwala2
    Mar 3, 2015 - 9:13AM

    @ Motiwala

    Lol, theyve had over 30 years to choose. Its time for them to go backRecommend

  • Indian
    Mar 3, 2015 - 9:21AM

    Dear Afghan brothers, we Indians will always be at your side. Our friendship is sweeter than honey, deeper than the ocean and higher than Everest. Recommend

  • Indian
    Mar 3, 2015 - 9:41AM

    @SK: Cooking up numbers is an old trick Pakistanis use but few believe. According to UNHCR at its peak there were 1.5 million Afghan refugees. Now it would be way below that.
    A few more fairytale numbers that your fellow citizens cookup are:
    – Pakistan has lost $100 billion due to war on terror.
    – Swiss banks have $600 billion of illegal Pakistani money.Recommend

  • Talha
    Mar 3, 2015 - 9:54AM

    @Motiwala

    Let us deport them first to THEIR OWN country and then you can ‘import’ them to your country for all the business activities and development that you have in mind for them. Recommend

  • Wasim Ahmed
    Mar 3, 2015 - 10:20AM

    India is just using afghans for their agenda against pakistan… and these afghans eating and living in pakistan for more than 30 years are more loyal to india than pakistan… just look at the conditions of muslim in india and how they are discriminated at each level of life… Recommend

  • Pity
    Mar 3, 2015 - 10:26AM

    @Indian:
    Kindly welcome 3 million Afghans in your country. It will be great for your friendship which is ‘sweeter than honey’Recommend

  • Rana Jeet
    Mar 3, 2015 - 11:39AM

    @Motiwala:

    Thousands of Afghans are living in India and they do not face any problem.Many prominent Afghan leaders are educated in India and their families are still living in India Recommend

  • Raja
    Mar 3, 2015 - 11:48AM

    Afghans have spoiled our country and being a Pakistani I don’t like them because they brought heroins, Charas, weapons and terrorism in my Country. In Karachi, due to their black money which is certainly a huge amount, is being used in businesses. They have captured many areas and markets like Sadar, Tariq Road, Lasbela, Sohrab Goth, Banaras and many more. They start from small business on footpath and captured the whole surroundings this is my personnel observation. The government must be taken serious steps to exile all these Afghans from our Pakistan.Recommend

  • Rana Jeet
    Mar 3, 2015 - 11:49AM

    Pakistan is the main cause of Afghan refugee problem as it has always interfered Afghanistan’s internal issues with the aim to control the AfghanistanRecommend

  • Karachiite
    Mar 3, 2015 - 11:52AM

    Good riddance. Keep ’em going.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 3, 2015 - 12:02PM

    Only another 1,498,000 to go…..Recommend

  • touseef
    Mar 3, 2015 - 12:37PM

    @Indian:
    why dont you host these refugees afterall they are your friends…..Recommend

  • Me
    Mar 3, 2015 - 7:21PM

    @anon If you had read the article carefully you would have noticed that only unregistered afghanis have been deported. No one has been “expelled” and the Afghanis are very welcome to live a “peaceful” life in Aghanistan no one is stoping them.Recommend

  • faizan
    Mar 3, 2015 - 9:42PM

    pleease send them forcefully! this shud have been done immediately after russia re treated! it was sheer incompetence to have allowed them to settle in our settled areas! there should have been areas demarcated for these afghans to stayRecommend

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