- Officials say the withdrawal is going smoothly, so no action was taken.
- About 147,949 documented and undocumented Afghans have returned.
- The total number of returnees since September 17 has crossed 147,949.
Peshawar: There have been no arrests of illegal foreigners from any part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after the deadline to leave Pakistan expired on November 1 this week. news Reported on Saturday.
At least 147,949 documented and undocumented Afghan nationals have returned to their homes in Afghanistan through the Torkham border since September 17.
officials told news They want this process to go smoothly, which is why no action has been taken against illegal foreigners so far.
At some points in the province, police officers and civilians were also seen offering food, water and juice to children, elderly civilians, men and women who were returning to Afghanistan after living in Pakistan for decades.
Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Abid Majeed said, “Despite the expiry of the deadline, not a single undocumented Afghan has been detained in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as the voluntary return is going on smoothly.” news,
The official said that of the 361 undocumented foreigners caught under the 14C Foreigners Act before the operation, 122 have been sent back as courts had issued orders to deport them. At least 51 of them were brought back on Wednesday, seven on Thursday and 64 on Friday.
According to official figures, 19,344 Afghans, including those who opted to return despite having visas or POR cards, returned via Torkham on the last day. The total figure since September 17 has crossed 147,949.
Another 294 Angoors returned through the Adda border. The number of voluntary returnees increased in the last few days of October when the deadline was about to expire.
Officials said various agencies have mapped 49,690 illegal foreigners in different parts of KP. “Officials have received 535 calls on the toll-free number 1700 regarding undocumented foreigners. Of these, 477 were for identification, 54 for information while four were for filing a complaint.
The KP government has set up a control room in the Home Department where officials from the district administration, police, agencies, Federal Investigation Agency, Immigration and other departments will be present to monitor the repatriation process.
“The police along with the district administration will shift the undocumented foreigners to the holding point from where they will be taken to Torkham border. Senior Superintendent of Police, Operations, Kashif Aftab Abbasi told reporters that local police will escort vehicles carrying undocumented foreigners coming from other provinces to the stopping point in Landikotal.
According to the government, action will be taken against foreigners who do not have documents to legalize their stay in Pakistan.
No action is being taken against Afghans holding Proof of Registration (POR) cards, Afghan Citizen Cards and valid visas issued by UNHCR. There are also plans to take action against those who obtain Pakistani CNIC.