Afghan refugees not involved in terror, says Pakistan
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan refugees have not been found involved in any kind of terrorist activities in Pakistan, a cabinet minister has said, contradicting claims by law-enforcement agencies.
Abdul Qadir Baloch, minister for states and frontier regions (SAFRON), said: “We haven’t any evidence of the involvement of Afghan refugees in terror acts (in Pakistan),”
His remarks negate police and other agencies’ allegations the Afghan refugees are contributing to increasing acts of terrorism in different parts of the country.
However, he hastened to explain that some refugees committed street crimes and other illegal businesses. “We will prosecute and deport any refugee, if found guilty,” he told reporters in Quetta on Sunday
Accompanied by German Ambassador Ina Ruth Luise Lepel and UNHCR chief Indrika Ratwatte, Baloch was in Quetta to review progress on Refugees-Affected Host Areas (RAHA) programme.
About 281,000 registered Afghan refugees are currently living in Balochistan, according to the minister. “They are living here in accordance with an international agreement. We cannot force them to go back.”
Put together, registered and unregistered Afghan refugees in Balochistan alone are close to one million. The proof of registration (POR) cards issued to Afghans will expire on December 31.
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