Preparations to deport unregistered foreign nationals finalised
ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) The government has completed preparations for the deportation of all the foreign nationals staying illegally in Pakistan as the deadline they had been given to leave the country has ended.
According to a statement of the Islamabad administration, 64 unregistered Afghan nationals escorted by police have been sent to Torkham Border.
The Afghan nationals were arrested and kept in Adiala Jail, and they will be handed over to the Federal Immigration Authority (FIA) immigration authorities at Torkham Border, the statement of the Islamabad administration said.
It is to be noted here that illegal foreign nationals had been ordered to leave Pakistan by October 31, 2023, and they had been warned of deportation by the end of the deadline.
So far, thousands of Afghan nationals have returned home voluntarily. According to the data received, more than 90,000 Afghans have returned home through Torkham Border alone, while hundreds of trucks and large vehicles have also been waiting to enter Afghanistan at the Torkham Border crossing.
After the deadline, in the first phase, action will be taken against those who do not have documents.
These people, after arrest, will be kept in holding centres and temporary campuses.
The FIA staff and the Nadra software border management system will be installed at the registration desk in each camp.
The government has made comprehensive arrangements for accommodation, food, medical aid, and security in the temporary camps which will be operational from November 1.
In these camps, police and jail officials will be deployed, while medical teams along with the officers of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) will also be present for medical assistance.
According to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Caretaker Information Minister Barrister Feroz Jamal, centres have been established at three locations in the province where illegal residents will be kept after the end of the deadline.
Preparations for the return of unregistered foreign nationals have also been completed in other provinces of the country, Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan.
Strict legal action has also been directed against Pakistani citizens if they do business with or shelter unregistered foreign nationals after the end of the deadline.