General Asim Munir, the Chief of the Pakistan Army Staff, has emphasized his support for Pakistan’s decision to expel illegal migrants, stating that this action is in the best “interest” of Pakistan.
According to a statement from the Pakistan Army’s Public Relations Directorate, General Asim Munir made these remarks on Wednesday, during a meeting of military officers in Peshawar.
The Chief of the Pakistan Army Staff states that “illegal” refugees seriously impact Pakistan’s economy and security.
Aasim Munir added that the interim government’s decision to expel undocumented refugees is in favor of the country.
Aasim Munir stated, “Illegal migrants are being repatriated to their country in a humane and dignified manner, following established norms.”
The head of the Pakistan Army is visiting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at a time when this province has witnessed numerous sectarian attacks in recent months.
The Pakistani Taliban (TTP) has claimed responsibility for some of these attacks, while Islamabad accuses the Afghan Taliban of sheltering this group.
Furthermore, in the past month, the majority of Afghan refugees have also been expelled from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The interim government of Pakistan announced on October and gave a month deadline to leave Pakistan; otherwise, they will be detained and expelled.
After the specified deadline, Pakistan began the process of detaining and expelling Afghan refugees.
This comes as Pakistan’s decision to expel 1.7 million illegal immigrants has faced widespread reactions, coinciding with the onset of winter.
On the other hand, experts from the United Nations, including Richard Bennett, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, have expressed concerns about the expulsion of Afghan migrants from Pakistan, emphasizing that they are at risk of human rights violations.
Earlier, several UN agencies and human rights organizations had also expressed concerns about the situation of migrants expelled from Pakistan.
It’s worth noting that, according to the Special Representative of Pakistan for Afghanistan, approximately 450,000 Afghan citizens have returned to their country from the first of November until now.