K abul: After the approval of law against illegal immigrants 2012 in Pakistan, thousand of Afghans face the fear of being deported back to the war struck home land.
Pakistan has been providing shelter to more than 1.7 million afghan refugees and thousands of illegal migrants according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Islamabad says it shouldn’t be expected from Pakistan that they will tolerate illegal migrants and over 400,000 non registered Afghan’s in the territory of Khyber Pakhtun Khuwah where they have been residing from a long time.
Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Khyber Pakhtun Khuwa’s information minister said, “No country allows illegal immigrants, how it is possible to legalize something which is illegal?”
“We have been accommodating Afghan immigrants for 32 years. The provincial government cannot take their burden any more. They should go back to their country.”
Hussain stated that illegal Afghans were reported to be involved in crimes, although experts have dismissed such accusations as an excuse to deport the migrants.
Apparent core of the problem is the lost trust between the neighboring countries. Each one of them has been blaming other for being the hub of Islamic extremists.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, in Kabul this month for a conference on Afghanistan’s future stressed, that Pakistan would appreciate voluntary returns of refugees.