Pakistan’s menace to forcibly expel unlawful Afghan immigrants is “unacceptable”, a spokesperson for the Taliban administration in Kabul mentioned on Wednesday, including that Afghans had been to not blame for Pakistan’s safety issues.
Estimating that there have been 1.73 million Afghan immigrants residing in Pakistan with none authorized standing, Pakistan’s caretaker authorities on Tuesday set a November 1 deadline for them to go away or face forcible expulsion.
“The behaviour of Pakistan towards Afghan refugees is unacceptable,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Taliban administration in Kabul, mentioned in a publish on social media platform X, previously often known as Twitter.
To assist justify the crackdown, Pakistan’s Inside Minister Sarfraz Bugti alleged that Afghan nationals had carried out 14 out of 24 suicide bombings in Pakistan this yr.
The Taliban spokesperson rejected that declare.
“The Pakistani side should reconsider its plan. Afghan refugees are not involved in Pakistan’s security problems. As long as they leave Pakistan voluntarily, that country should tolerate them,” Mujahid mentioned.
Pakistan’s ultimatum to the immigrants, most of whom have been residing within the nation for years, got here after a gathering of civil and navy leaders to evaluation the regulation and order scenario following two suicide bombings on Friday that killed at the very least 57 folks. Bugti mentioned one of many suicide bombers was an Afghan nationwide, and he additionally accused India’s intelligence company of involvement.
Relations between the Taliban and the Pakistan authorities have deteriorated markedly, with border clashes quickly closing the primary commerce route between the neighbours final month.
Islamabad alleges that the militants use Afghan soil to coach fighters and plan assaults inside Pakistan. The Taliban denies these accusations, saying Pakistan’s safety issues are home-grown.
A caretaker authorities was put in in August to information Pakistan by means of to elections anticipated a while within the coming months, and the navy has been capable of exert extra affect on account of the uncertainty and instability within the nation.