Peshawar: 8 migrants arrested, deported
PESHAWAR: The government has expedited its drive against unregistered Afghans residing in the provincial metropolis and at least eight illegally inhabiting Afghans have been arrested under 14-Foreign Act and deported to Afghanistan on Tuesday. The campaign against Afghans who are living in Peshawar illegally and having no documents is continued, as so far a number of such families of Afghans have been sent back to Afghanistan. But, the drive has not resulted positively. However, police arrested at least eight Afghans who have been staying in provincial metropolis without having proper documents. Police raided different parts of the city including Board Bazaar, Service Road, Peshtakhara and Matani.
They apprehended Ismail, son of Sher Agha, resident of Kabul, Faramosh, son of Sher Alam Kabul, Roohullah, son of Alam Jan from Jalal Abad, Amanullah, son of Agha Mohammad of Jalal Abad, Mustafa, son of Arman and Ajmal son of Haseeb.
Upon the directives of provincial government, the district administration has already formed various committees not only to collect data of those Afghans who have been living in Peshawar since long without having proper documents and records, as reportedly such Afghans are mostly involved in crimes. Afghans having no registration have been declared illegal and it was the responsibility of the government to take action against them. Sources said that this drive may be further expedited against the unregistered Afghans.
After growing complaints from various quarters, government decided to start a campaign against such Afghans. After sensing the situation, reportedly a number of Afghan families illegally staying in Peshawar shifted to nearest district including Mardan, Charsadda and Nowshera so as to avoid any crackdown.
It is worth to mention here that around 60 per cent of the unregistered and illegal Afghans are presently residing in KP alone.
However, a comprehensive plan to deport them to Afghanistan is yet to be initiated, due to which, various kind objections are raised as to why government was using delaying tactics to expedite its drive. Time and again, such crackdown is initiated, but, obviously for no any solid reason, it was halted.
Officials said that certainly relationships with Afghanistan and some administrative hurdles are making the deportation impossible. They added that presently some one million unregistered Afghan nationals have been living in Pakistan illegally, out of whom 60 per cent reside in KPK alone. Only, Peshawar hosts approximately 400,000 illegal Afghans badly affecting infrastructure of the provincial metropolis.
The officials maintained that under an agreement among the Government of Pakistan, UNHCR and Afghanistan, stay of 1.7 million Afghan refugees have been extended till December 31, 2012.
While, staying of unregistered Afghans is illegal in Pakistan, and they could be dealt according to the law, they added. Afghan refugees are those who have valid registration card, while illegal Afghans are those who do not have registration documents.