600 Afghan citizens rounded up in Nowshera crackdown
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Afghan citizens have been rounded up in Pakistan’s northwestern garrison town of Nowshera, a senior police officer said.
Six hundred Afghans were detained for illegally staying in the town during a two-day search operation, the district police officer said on Sunday.
Wahid Mehmoodsaid the crackdown on illegal migrants was conducted under the National Action Plan, aimed at combating terrorism.
Meanwhile, Malang Jan told Pajhwok Afghan News that nine of his family members were among the detainees.
He claimed all of them had proof of registration cards, giving the refugees the residency right in Pakistan for six more months at least.
Another 500 individuals were apprehended for violating the tenancy law and allegedly facilitating terror suspects, the police officer added.
On Saturday, UNHCR asked Pakistan to resolve the status of more than 2.5 million Afghan refugees whose registration cards have expired or who remain undocumented.
The UN refugee is engaged in continuing discussionswith the Pakistani government to resolve the population’s uncertain situation.
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