Karachi Additional Inspector General (AIG) Police Khadim Hussain Rind has revealed that Afghan citizens have been involved in street crimes in Karachi, including activities resulting in deaths. Rind stated that 225 Afghan citizens involved in street crimes in Karachi have been apprehended in recent times, with some of them facing criminal cases and being in jail.
The AIG highlighted the performance of Karachi Police under his command, noting that the new team has produced notable results, including the killing of 20 criminals in shootouts, injuring 130, and arresting 600 others in the past month.
Regarding the issue of illegal Afghan citizens, Rind revealed that more than 400,000 illegal Afghans are residing in Karachi, and efforts are being made to address this issue. He mentioned that 1,547 illegal Afghan nationals were deported in the past month alone, compared to 323 deportations in the previous year.
The Karachi Police, in collaboration with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), is preparing for a comprehensive one-window operation against illegal aliens, particularly Afghan nationals. The operation will involve cross-checking and verifying the data of Afghan citizens arrested in different areas of Karachi through the NADRA database. Those found to be illegally residing in the country will be deported instead of being sent to jail.
This action follows the caretaker government’s announcement of a November 1 deadline for illegal aliens to leave the country voluntarily. The decision was made in the wake of a deadly suicide blast in Balochistan’s Mastung, with Afghan nationals reportedly involved in many recent terror incidents in Pakistan.
Sindh’s Home Department has also formed committees at various levels to oversee the expulsion of illegal foreigners in the province and gather data on unregistered refugees while preventing their entry into the province.