The Pakistani government has decided to carry out its contentious plan to expel all illegal immigrants from the nation by October 31. This includes around 1.7 million Afghan refugees.
According to a report in the media, the Pakistani government has decided to move forward with its contentious plan to expel all illegal immigrants from the nation by October 31. This includes around 1.7 million Afghan refugees.
The action was taken as law enforcement officials kept up their campaign on so-called “illegal aliens,” despite the fact that many families had been crossing into Afghanistan over the previous week.
“No country, whether in Europe, Asia, or our immediate neighborhood, permits the habitation of illegal aliens. Therefore, we have made this choice in accordance with international practice. caretaker
On the eve of a forum in Tibet, Jalil Abbas Jilani, the foreign minister, was cited as stating to Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV.
Organizations like UNHCR and Amnesty International have called on the government of Pakistan to reconsider its plans in response to criticism of its request that illegal immigrants depart by October 31 or face forcible expulsion beginning on November 1. The Afghan Taliban administration has also voiced opposition to the plan.
Jilani claimed that whenever there was a difficulty, people would migrate to Pakistan and seek asylum there.
“But now, I think it has been more than 40 years, so the government of Pakistan has taken a decision,” he remarked, saying that the situation in Afghanistan had stabilized.
The interim foreign minister emphasized that Pakistan and Afghanistan have been talking about the migrant issue “for a very long time” and urged international assistance organizations to assist in the effort.
Separately, interim Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi urged on all foreign nationals living there illegally to leave on their own accord in a press conference on Friday evening. He claimed that the provincial government has gathered preliminary information on foreign residents.
He issued a harsh warning, stating that anyone discovered living illegally in the province would not be allowed to stay. He further emphasized that illegal immigrants should leave Punjab on their own initiative. He warned that if they didn’t, there would be a severe crackdown.
However, the interim chief minister of Punjab reaffirmed that nobody will suffer mistreatment throughout this procedure.
According to Dawn, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, the Foreign Office’s spokeswoman, had earlier stated that the expulsion plan will be implemented in stages.