Peshawar: Pakistani authorities have
demolished 1,400 houses of Afghans living illegally in the
lawless Khyber tribal region and repatriated around 1,000
families to their native country, an official said on Wednesday.
Akbar Khan, the tehsildar of Landi Kotal town in
Khyber Agency, said all Afghans without valid documents would
be asked to leave Pakistan.
The operation against Afghans living illegally in the
region was initiated on the directions of the federal government.
The move, he said, was launched to ensure the security
of local residents and to discourage those living in Pakistan
illegally without proper documentation.
After accomplishing the task of repatriating Afghan
refugees, the law and order situation in the area will
improve, he contended.
Besides the illegal occupation of government land,
many Afghan nationals are involved in crimes and anti-state
activities, he claimed.