Balochistan Caretaker Minister for Information, Jan Achakzai, declared on Tuesday that 200 undocumented foreign nationals have been detained following a crackdown. This action comes as the government’s previously set deadline for illegal immigrants expired on October 31.
Achakzai, in a media briefing, revealed that 66,000 foreign nationals have already been repatriated through the Chaman border crossing. He emphasized that the repatriation is being conducted respectfully, ensuring the dignity of all foreign nationals involved.
Government’s Firm Stance on Illegal Immigration
Achakzai stressed the necessity for all illegal foreigners to return to their countries, warning of strict measures against those hindering this process. He highlighted plans to accelerate the deportation, estimating that an additional 100,000 to 150,000 foreigners will be sent back from Balochistan.
For decades, millions of Afghans have crossed into Pakistan due to ongoing conflicts, making it home to one of the world’s largest refugee populations. Since the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021, hundreds of thousands more Afghans have sought refuge in Pakistan. The Pakistani government has cited welfare and security concerns as the primary reasons for these deportations.