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Afghan refugees not involved in Pakistan school attack: Official

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Afghan Consul-General at Peshawar, Sayed Mohammad Ebrahimkhel, said that the Afghan refugees arrested by Pakistani police are not involved in Peshawar school attack. They will be released soon, he added.

Following the terror attack on a military-run school in Peshawar on December 16, Pakistani security organizations have launched a massive search operation all over the country. Pakistani security forces have arrested some 10,000 suspects, including a large number of Afghan refugees.

Afghan consulate in Peshawar said that the Afghan refugees are arrested only on suspicion of involvement in terror activities. Pakistan has set some of the detained Afghan refugees free after investigations.

Ebrahimkhel said that Pakistani forces only arrest those Afghan refugees who don’t have legal stay documents.

“Pakistani forces have launched a massive crackdown across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to arrest those who are suspected of insurgency, whether they are Pakistani nationals or Afghan refugees,” he added. He said that the arrested people will be released if proved innocent.

However, Afghan refugees recently told Afghanistan Times that Pakistani police even detain those who have legal documents including visa and clearance from the special branch of police, but are released after talking bribe.

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