These days, the deportation of Afghan refugees, who are living there illegally, has accelerated from the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. So far, hundreds of such Afghan refugees have been sent back to their homeland.
Deteriorating law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and border violations by Afghanistan and clashes with security forces have intensified the crackdown on Afghans living illegally in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Law enforcement agencies have arrested 6,000 Afghan refugees during the current year, some of whom were booked under 14 Foreign Act and deported, while in terrorism, murder, robbery, banditry and other cases. The Afghans involved are jailed.
According to the data of the United Nations Organization for Refugees, there are 14 million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, while the same number of Afghans are living illegally in different cities of Pakistan. Most of them live in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies maintain that most of the militant leaders have taken refuge in Afghanistan, from where they are active in spreading unrest in Pakistan.
Peshawar City Police Superintendent Abdul Salam Khalid says, “Operation is going on against Afghans living here illegally.” When the documents are incomplete, they are arrested and deported while some are reported to be involved in serious crimes. As street crimes and extortion have increased these days, some Afghan refugees living here illegally have been found involved in such crimes. They are arrested and handed over to the law.” He further said that cash and mobile phones are seized at gunpoint in the bazaars and sold to a certain group who are smuggled into Afghanistan. Similarly, some refugees using Afghan mobile SIM are also involved in extortion calls.
The business community of Peshawar is also worried
Mushtaq Ahmad, who belongs to the business community in Peshawar, said that there are three types of Afghan refugees, including those with citizen cards, illegal residents and those with fake Pakistani identity cards. He further said that the people who do business on fake ID cards get to know everything about them by establishing links with the big businessmen of the market and they pass this information due to which these businessmen get extortion calls. are He further said that many big businessmen have left Peshawar and moved to Islamabad and Lahore for fear of extortion and kidnapping.
Pakistan started fencing the Pakistan-Afghan border in 2017 to stop the movement of people involved in terrorism. About ninety-four percent of the work on the 26-hundred-kilometer fence has been completed. Every government in Afghanistan has opposed it, however, during the Taliban regime, a part of the security fence was cut at some places and its video went viral on social media. Afghan residents reach Pakistan by crossing the border even with the connivance of Pakistani officials posted at the border. The agencies posted at the border do not have any record of those who come here, which allows the law enforcers to know who lives where. Is .
The United Nations Organization for Refugees started the voluntary return program of Afghan refugees in 2002. According to their data, 3 to 5 million Afghans have gone to Afghanistan with financial aid under this program. Due to poor conditions and financial difficulties, they return to Pakistan through the mountain routes. During the winter, the UNHC return program is temporarily closed, but after the Taliban government came to Afghanistan, more Afghans returned to Afghanistan. not ready
Those wishing to go to Europe and America are reaching Pakistan
After the Taliban came to power, where thousands of Afghans migrated to Europe, America and the Middle East, a large number have reached Pakistan. Most of them are educated Afghans who have stayed with their relatives in Peshawar and Islamabad to go to Europe. Among those people is Faiz Sakhi, who taught music at Kabul University for 15 years. I live here in a rented house and have opened a music academy here, which is running the household expenses, but it seems that the situation here is not good, so I am trying to go to a foreign country.
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