Our staff reporter/NNI
PESHAWAR - Pakistan has ordered Afghan refugees to leave the country within three days, who are residing in Lower Dir district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.
Pakistan released notification for Afghan refugees present in Lower Dir district of the KP province, giving three-day deadline to leave the country, political administration of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) said on Sunday.
Strict action would be taken against violators of the notification, while the administration asked locals for not providing houses on rent to the Afghan refugees following the orders.
“All Afghan immigrants residing illegally in Kurram Agency should return to Afghanistan within three days or face action,” said an announcement made by political administration through loud speakers in mosques.
Vehicles fitted with loud speakers also roamed along streets, making this announcement.
Those Afghan immigrants running shops and other business in Kurram should sell it and return to their own country, added an announcement.
Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police in the ongoing search operation throughout the province rounded up 604 suspects and 125 illegal Afghan refuges and recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunition.
As per details, during the last two days the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police in the operation conducted in different parts of the province recovered 113 arms of different kinds and 3034 rounds. During the operation, 1657 houses and 543 hotels were checked and 96 cases were registered against violators of laws. During snap checking on 133 check points, 443 suspects were held and recovered 16 arms of different kinds and 150 rounds. Police during action arrested a total of 125 Afghans from different parts. Security inspections of 1392 educational institutions were also carried out and various institutions were advised to further beef up security.
Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said on Sunday that the National Action Plan would have to be implemented in letter and spirit for national integrity and peace in the region.
“Now there is no room for error. The government and all the state institutions will have to deliver to rid the country of terrorism,” he said while addressing the federal council meeting after being re-elected as chairman of the party.
Members of the QWP’s federal council from all over the country attended the meeting.
MPA Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli was elected as secretary general, Abdul Malik Khan Tordher as senior vice-chairman, Shujaul Mulk Khan as vice-chairman from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Nasir Gujjar as vice-chairman from Punjab and Sardar Hidayatullah was elected unopposed as vice-chairman from Balochistan.
The QWP chairman will make the rest of the appointments on his discretion.
Addressing the meeting, Aftab Sherpao appreciated the members of the federal council for reposing confidence in him and said he would not let them down.
He said the Peshawar school massacre has united the entire nation and made the government accord priority to fighting the issue of terrorism. He said the implementation of the National Action Plan would help restore peace and put the country on the path to progress and development.
The QWP head said the Pakhtuns had always rendered sacrifices for the country. He said thousands of Pakhtuns had laid down their lives in the war against terror, but their sacrifices have not been acknowledged properly.
“The Pakhtuns have been exposed to untold miseries. Nobody bothers to mitigate their sufferings and remove the sense of deprivation among them,” he lamented.
He deplored that over two million Pakhtuns have been displaced and they were living in squalid conditions at the camps.
He also criticised the international community, urging the world powers to shoulder their responsibility.
Aftab Sherpao said the tribal population should be brought into the mainstream of life by doing away with the obsolete system based on injustice.