The Pakistani government has issued a deadline of October 31 for all undocumented immigrants, including Afghan nationals, to leave the country, warning of imprisonment and deportation for non-compliance. This decision was taken during a committee meeting led by Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar and attended by the Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir, drawing criticism for potentially targeting Afghan refugees.
Interim Interior Minister Bugti clarified that the action is not exclusively directed at Afghans but
rather encompasses all illegal residents without valid travel documents. The government has completed preparations for repatriation, establishing “holding centers” in various provinces where deportees will receive medical care and food.
Bugti assured that women, children, and the elderly will be treated with respect, but there will be no leniency for those who remain illegally in Pakistan after November 1. The deported individuals will be allowed to carry up to 50,000 in their home country’s currency, with larger funds requiring
proper banking channels.
The government has identified the locations of illegal immigrants through geo-fencing and knows where they reside, whether in villages or cities. Although the repatriation plan is deemed challenging, it will proceed as scheduled. The government plans to set up a hotline and
information center for reporting illegal immigrants and emphasizes respectful treatment by law enforcement.
Despite criticism, the government defends the move, asserting that it aims to regulate all undocumented immigrants, regardless of their nationality, in line with international practices. Foreign Minister Jalil
Abbas Jilani also emphasized that illegal immigration is not permitted in other countries.