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25 unregistered Afghan refugees held in Peshawar

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Over 100 suspects and 25 unregistered Afghan nationals were arrested in a search operation carried out under the National Action Plan (NAP) in various areas of Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Sunday, police said.

Quoting police officials, The Express Tribune, an English-language paper in Pakistan, reported that around 25 Afghans who were living in Peshawar without legal stay credentials were among the 100 arrested suspects.

Operations were carried out in Gulberg, Nothiya, Bara Road, Saddar Bazaar and Pushktakhra areas of Peshawar city.

Over three million Afghan refugees have been living in Pakistan for decades, and more than half of them were unregistered. Soon after a deadly terror attack by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on an army-run school in Peshawar killing more than 130 people, most of them children, the lives of Afghan refugees became hell-like as they have been arrested and harassed. Though the provincial government pledged that Afghan refugees wouldn’t be harassed any more after an Afghan delegation went to Islamabad and Peshawar to take up the issue with the government officials there, however, they say that undocumented refugees would be held and deported.

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