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Pakistan sets 1 November deadline for 'illegal immigrants' to leave

October 3, 2023 at 1:50 pm

Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar delivers his remarks during the 78th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, United States on September 22, 2023 [Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office/Anadolu Agency]

Pakistan, on Tuesday, gave a one-month deadline to all the “illegal immigrants” to leave the country, Anadolu Agency reports.

Addressing a news conference in the capital, Islamabad, caretaker Interior Minister, Sarfraz Bugti, said the government is giving a deadline to all foreigners living illegally to leave the country by 1 November.

After the deadline, he said, all the illegal immigrants will be deported.

The government will seize the properties of the illegal immigrants who would not leave the country by 1 November.  A special task force will act against illegally made properties across the country.

The decision was taken at a meeting with interim Prime Minister, Anwaarul Haq Kakar, in the Chair. Army Chief, General Asim Munir, and other senior officials attended the meeting.

Pakistan has decided to evict over one million foreigners illegally living in the country, alleging that some of them are involved in “funding and facilitating” terrorist activities.

The Minister said out of 24 suicide bombings that have targeted various security installations and civilians in Pakistan since January this year, 14 suicide bombers were Afghan nationals.

READ: Pakistan to evict over 1m illegal immigrants – State media