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Pakistan warns Afghan refugees involvement in Electoral activities

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Fidel Rahmati
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Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Police personnel check the documents of detained Afghan refugees during a late night search operation to identify allegedly illegal immigrants, in the outskirts of Karachi on November 11, 2023. – More than 250,000 people have crossed from Pakistan to Afghanistan since an October ultimatum given to the 1.7 million Afghans Islamabad said were living illegally in the country. (Photo by Asif HASSAN / AFP)

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has issued a strict directive, stating that both illegal and legal Afghan residents in Pakistan are prohibited from financially supporting any political or electoral activities, including funding candidates in upcoming elections.

Those who are found to be in violation of this government directive will face the prospect of being forcibly expelled, as warned by the ministry in a statement reported by Geo News on Monday.

The ministry’s statement unequivocally states that any Afghan citizen, regardless of their legal status in Pakistan, engaged in such activities will be subject to deportation.

“Any Afghan citizen involved in such activities will be deported regardless of his or her legal status in Pakistan,” the statement said.

In addition to this, the ministry has urged Pakistani citizens to refrain from employing illegal aliens or assisting them in securing employment within the country.

Pakistani citizens have also been encouraged to report any instances of illegal aliens or individuals employing them.

Pakistan is gearing up for its general elections, scheduled to take place on February 8, 2024, making these directives particularly significant in the lead-up to the polls.

In recent weeks, Pakistan’s interim government initiated a crackdown on illegal migrants, resulting in the departure of approximately 400,000 Afghan nationals from the country.

These measures underscore the government’s determination to ensure that foreign nationals, whether legal or illegal residents, do not influence or interfere in Pakistan’s electoral processes.

As the election date approaches, the enforcement of these directives will likely remain a significant focus, with potential consequences for both Afghan residents and those who employ them in Pakistan.

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