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36 more Afghans detained in Peshawar search operations

36 more Afghans detained in Peshawar search operations

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Jul 01, 2016 - 09:05

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Three dozen Afghan citizens were detained in separate search operations in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistaninfo-icon’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday, officials said.

A heavy police contingent conducted a search operation in the posh neighbourhood of Hayatabad, detaining 24 Afghan nationals. Arms and drugs were also seized from their possession.

In Gul Bahar area of the city, police arrested five illegal Afghan immigrants. Nearly a dozen illegal Afghans were detained elsewhere in Peshawar, where search operations have recently been stepped up.

Earlier in the day, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch made clear Afghan refugees would have to leave the country. “Pakistan cannot host Afghan refugees any longer.”

The Afghans had occupied more than a million jobs in Pakistan, creating financial problems for the locals, the minister told reporters in Islamabad.“It is difficult for the locals to find jobs,” the minister added.

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