Law enforcement agencies launch major crackdown against illegal foreigners in all provinces nThousands of illegal foreigners shifted to camps n 140,000 unregistered Afghans voluntarily have returned home nHelpline activated for complaints regarding deportation of foreign nationals staying illegally.


ISLAMABAD/KHYBER  –  The government Wednesday launched countrywide operation to expel all undocumented illegal immigrants, mostly Afghan nationals, from Pakistan after the deadline to voluntarily leave the country for such individuals lapsed. “From today, the process to round up illegal immigrants living in Pakistan and their onward deportation to their respective countries has begun,” said a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior. It added that the voluntary return of illegal foreigners to their countries would continue at the same time and would be encouraged. Some reports coming from provinces suggest that the law enforcement agencies will start a major crackdown against illegal foreigners from today (Thursday). According to the statistic shared by the interior ministry, as many 140,322 illegal foreigners have returned to their countries voluntarily so far after the caretaker federal government, last month, gave an ultimatum to all such people to leave Pakistan by October 31 to avoid arrest and deportation.


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