Pakistan Crackdown on Afghan Refugees Living in Peshawar, 41 Arrested

From Khaama Press

(From Dawn Press)

(From Dawn Press)

At least 41 Afghan nationals were arrested by Pakistani police from Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pakhtukhwa on Friday.

According to the Pakistani police officials, the individuals were arrested for illegally living in Peshawar.

The detained individuals would be handed over to the authorities for deportation through the Torkham border, the officials added.

This comes as the federal government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had set a month deadline for the expulsion of Afghan refugees following a deadly attack on an army-run school in Peshawar city.

The provincial government spokesman Mushtaq Ghani had said that the government can no longer afford refugees, insisting that the “time has come for the federal government to take practical steps for the repatriation of the refugees.”

Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran backed the demand of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government to the federal government to expel the Afghan refugees illegally staying in the province.