The caretaker prime minister of Pakistan, Anwaar ul Haq Kakar, said an effective policy has been put in place to stop Afghans entering Pakistan illegally.
Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, he clarified to the Pakistani media that the policy includes Afghans with legal documents, those without documents, and people who have created fake identities.
“Illegal refugees will be returned to their countries because they don’t have the right to live in our country. if someone wants to come to Pakistan, it should be through legal paths and through the issuance of visas,” he said.
The current prime minister of Pakistan added that with the policy, immigrants who enter Pakistan illegally will return to their country.
Meanwhile, some Afghan refugees in Pakistan complained that the Pakistani government is not extending their legal documents.
“We call on the Afghanistan and UNHRC to talk with the Pakistani officials regarding the PoR cards (Proof of Registration), which has been given to the refugees to be not arrested,” said Malik Awal Khan, a member of the high council of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
“The Pakistani government is considering that the Afghans who lack legal documents and are living illegally in Pakistan, be detained and sent back to Afghanistan,” said Ehsan, an Afghan refugee in Pakistan.
This comes as the refugees’ rights activists called on the interim government to address the challenges of Afghan refugees in various countries.
“To solve the problems of the Afghan refugees, the current Afghan government and the host country and international organizations should engage in negotiations,” said Bahija Sadaat, a refugee’s rights activist.
The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR), said on X that around 172 Afghan nationals have been freed from prisons in Quetta of Pakistan and were transferred to Afghanistan on 11 and 12 of September.