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Pakistan to deport illegal Afghan refugees by January: Official

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Balochistan Information Minister Jan Achakzai stated on Friday that Pakistan’s interim government plans to deport all illegal Afghan refugees by January next year.

“The caretaker government is trying to deport all illegal Afghan immigrants by January. After that, the government would announce a time frame for repatriating the remaining Afghan immigrants,” Achakzai said at a press conference in Quetta.

Furthermore, Minister Jan Achakzai reiterated the assertion that militants utilize Afghan territory as a base for plotting attacks in Pakistan. In response to this threat, Pakistan has actively shared information about terrorists and their acts of terror, emphasizing the importance of cooperation in countering this menace with the Taliban administration in Kabul.

“As a neighbouring Islamic brother country, Afghanistan should give a positive response to Pakistan and hand over the wanted terrorists to us,” he said.

“Pakistan condemns all kinds of terrorism around the world. If any action is taken to discredit the institutions of Pakistan, they will be given a befitting reply. Our brotherhood should not be considered as our weakness”, he added.

In a significant development in early October, Pakistan issued a directive requiring all individuals residing in the country without legal status to depart voluntarily or face potential enforcement actions after November 1. T

his stringent measure prompted the departure of more than 300,000 Afghan refugees as they complied with the order.

However, the Taliban administration has dismissed Pakistan’s allegations regarding the use of Afghan soil for attacks on Pakistan. The Taliban firmly asserts that Afghanistan should not be held responsible for any security failures in the regional context, asserting its position on the matter.

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