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More than 2,000 Afghan citizensAnchor rounded up in Peshawar

More than 2,000 Afghan citizensAnchor rounded up in Peshawar

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Jun 28, 2016 - 14:49

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): More than 2,000 Afghan refugees have been detained in Peshawar during operations against illegal settlers, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) a news report said on Tuesday.

The provincial government has set the June 30 deadline for Afghan citizens to get themselves registered. Police have launched a crackdown on those who are yet to register in Peshawar, according to Dawn.

Over 2,000 illegal Afghan refugees have been arrested over the past month, police said, as they continued with search operations in different parts of the city.

Police said 950 illegal Afghans were arrested in Cantonment area, 350 in interior city and 700 in the rural areas around Peshawar. Some 400s settlers have been deported to their homeland.

Mushtaq Ghani, spokesmanfor the KP government, said the province could no longer afford to bear the economic burden of Afghan refugees."We cannot bear the load of more than three million Afghans."

If the federal government wished to extend the stay of Afghans, then it needs to establish refugee camps and shift the immigrants from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Punjab."After June 30, all Afghans will be restricted to camps..."

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