Quetta: Pakistan has sealed off all borders with Afghanistan in order to curb the massive influx of Afghans into the country and prevent cross-border terrorist attacks, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said.
Addressing a news conference at the CM Secretariat, Malik said that the government had imposed a complete ban on the movement of Afghan refugees and other foreign nationals by restricting their movement to the locality where they resided.
“Afghanistan is a neighbourly country, but it does not mean that its nationals would be allowed to take part in terrorist activities,” the Daily Times quoted Malik, as saying.
“There will be a complete restriction on the movement of Afghan refugees in Balochistan and KP,” he told journalists.
The minister said that Pakistan has also banned issuing Visit Visas to Afghans. ”There will be no Afghan visiting Pakistan on a Visit Visa,” he said.
Malik said that Taliban leaders had come to Quetta as they were wiped out from the remote areas.
“Now they target security officials and their families,” he said, referring to the recent twin suicide attacks on the residence of Frontier Corps (FC) DIG Farrukh Shehzad.
“These Afghan refugees were given shelter here and provided with food. Now they have turned against Pakistan,” the minister complained
He also said that the Pakistan Army, the Frontier Corps, police and Balochistan Levies had been asked to place a check on the free movement of Afghan refugees and other foreigners, and bar them from entering major human settlements.
“We have given the deadline of one month to illegal immigrants to obtain their refugee cards, otherwise they would be arrested and deported to Afghanistan after completing their sentences,” Malik said.
He informed the media that the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) had cancelled 90,000 ID cards so far and the scrutiny of other ID cards was underway.
“We have to revive some check posts in remote parts of country by September 25. All the entry and exit points of Quetta city are also being sealed off to prevent the entry of terrorists,” he added.
“Afghans and other foreigners will be checked at entry points,” Malik said, adding that a survey would soon be conducted in Quetta to collect details about alien people residing in the city.
“No one should rent a house to any refugee or a foreigner,” the minister ordered.