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Nearly 1,000 Afghan refugees detained in Pakistan

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: As many as 1,000 Afghan refugees were detained by Pakistani police in Punjab district of Pakistan, media reports said Saturday.

Pakistani media said that around 935 Afghan refugees were arrested by Punjab police on charges of having no legal document for stay in the district.

According to the Pakistani media outlets, the Afghan refugees were detained from Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Multan, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi areas of Punjab district.

Around 137 Afghan refugees were also arrested by police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Afghan refugees living in Kurram agency were recently given three days deadline to leave or else they would be arrested. The Kurram administration also warned people from all tribes in the area to avoid giving shelter to Afghan refugees or renting their houses for them otherwise the will face the music.

The decision was taken in the aftermath of Pakistani Taliban’s attack on a school in Peshawar city which left 150 people dead.

Afghan refugees in Pakistan and Iran have borne the brunt of lots of problems and brutalities by police officers of the two countries. A video released on social media displayed a small side of miserable life of Afghan refugees in Iran who travel to the neighboring country for seeking job due to lack of employment opportunity inside the country.

A number of critics suggest that the government should reconstruct and revive damaged industries and factories in the country and use the untapped underground resources aimed at bolstering Afghanistan’s economy and creating widened job bank.