PESHAWAR - The district administration Peshawar on Wednesday asked Afghan refugees, illegally living in Peshawar, to leave the city by May 25 otherwise a crackdown would be launched against them after the expiry of the deadline.

In the very first phase, an action would be taken against Afghan refugees who are staying in Peshawar illegally. As over 4 lakh Afghan refugees are illegally and unlawfully living in the provincial metropolis, District Coordination Office (DCO) Peshawar Siraj Ahmad Khan said this while briefing media persons here at Information Directorate.

He was also flanked by Commissioner for Afghan refugees Zaheer-ul-Islam.

To ensure peace in Peshawar and its adjacent areas, the KP government had decided to take a stern action against the unregistered Afghan refugees living in Peshawar, he said. In the second step, the same drive would be extended to all 25 districts of the province. 

Of 1.2 million unregistered Afghan refuges in Pakistan, 4 lakh have been living in Peshawar since long. To have the accurate data about the illegally living Afghan refuges in the province, a number of committees have already been formed which have been collecting data by conducting survey in the province. The data would be soon submitted to the provincial government, he said.

He informed that all police stations in the limits of the Peshawar region have been directed to take action against the refuges illegally living in Peshawar soon after the expiry of the deadline. In this connection, section 144 has already been imposed; however, the refugees having been properly registered would be exempted to take action against them.

The DCO Peshawar said that in order to stop illegal entry of Afghan refugees at Torkham boarder, a proper mechanism has been prepared.

In addition, directives have been issued to the political agents of concerned tribal agencies in this regard. He appealed to Afghan refugees to got back to their homeland voluntarily, otherwise, stern actions would be taken against them.