Pockets of 'illegal Afghans' identified in Sindh.

KARACHI -- A meeting of the Sindh Apex ComAmAittee, attended by caretaker Chief Minister retAired Justice Maqbool Baqar and Chief of Army Staff Gen Syed Asim Munir, was informed on Friday that pockets where illegal Afghan nationals were concentrated in the province had been identified.

The provincial government informed the meeting that an action plan to implement the federal government's policy on illegal foreigners' repatriation plan had been shared with the interior ministry.

Well-placed sources told Dawn the provincial government expressed its resolve to overcome any resistance after the meeting was informed about the possibility of resistance from some political parties to the action against illegal immigrants.

They said that provincial, divisional and district implementation committees had already been notified of the interior ministry's policy.

As many as 3,234 illegal immigrants had been deported since 2021, while 728 Afghans were kept in various penitentiaries. The meeting was further informed that 72,754 Afghans were holders of Proof of Registration (PoR) cards while 67,826 others possessed the Afghan Citizen Card.

According to the sources, the provincial government requested the interior ministry to provide adequate funds to implement the illegal foreigners' repatriation plan.

They said it also urged the interior ministry to delegate the authority of issuing no-objection certificate (NOC) for bullet-proofing of vehicles to the home department to the extent of Chinese and other nationals working on different projects in the province, as the process of obtaining NOCs from the Centre was time-consuming. The interior ministry, however, responded that it would expedite the process...

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