'Afghan refugees constant source of crime in Pakistan'

Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Tuesday said that Afghan refugees are the constant source of worsening law and order situation in the troubled province and called for their rapid repatriation.

Peshawar: Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Tuesday said that Afghan refugees are the constant source of worsening law and order situation in the troubled province and called for their rapid repatriation.

"Afghan refugees and their mobility is the constant source of crime in the province," Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak said, expressing concern over their unfettered movement in the province.

Khattak, who chaired a high-level meeting here, called upon the federal government to prepare a road map for the rapid repatriation of refugees to their homeland.

"We are in the state of war and the stay of Afghan refugees was an additional burden on the health sector and other infrastructure of the province," he said.

He called for the deployment of frontier constabulary at the border of settled and tribal areas to ensure security in the wake of Taliban attack on an army school here in which 150 people, mostly children were killed.

"We admit that law and order situation is our responsibility but the federal government should also have a responsibility to remove all the obstacles hindering better law and order situation in the province," he said.

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