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Pakistan

Terror incidents in Pakistan up 60% since Afghan interim govt came to power: caretaker PM

  • Kakar says this is the reason that the government decided to repatriate illegal foreign nationals from November 1
Published November 8, 2023

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said on Wednesday there has been a 60% increase in terror incidents and 500 percent rise in suicide attacks in Pakistan since the interim Afghan government came to power in 2021.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, the caretaker PM said in the last two years, 2,267 citizens’ lives have been lost, for which the terrorists of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are responsible who are conducting cowardly attacks on Pakistani using Afghan soil.

TTP ends ceasefire with govt, orders ‘attacks’ in country

“During this time, 15 Afghan citizens were also among the people involved in suicide attacks. Other than this, till now, 64 Afghan citizens were killed while fighting Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies during the counterterrorism campaign,” the interim PM added.

PM Kakar said Pakistan had expectations the interim Afghan government will take stern action against the TTP.

“This is the reason that the government decided to repatriate illegal foreign nationals from November 1,” he said. In October, the government had given one month’s time to illegal nationals to leave the country.

Country to implement ODR to check illegal immigration

Earlier, Caretaker Interior Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti had dispelled the impression that the government desired repatriation of Afghans only, saying that the deadline is for every foreigner who is staying illegally in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Kakar said that Pakistan has the legal and moral prerogative to repatriate illegal foreign nationals, stressing there will be no backtracking on this policy.

Kakar shared about 252,000 illegal nationals have voluntarily returned to their homeland.

Illegal migrants: KP cabinet reviews deportation process

The caretaker PM also demanded the Afghan government to extradite Pakistanis residing illegally in Afghanistan and engaged in terrorist activities within Pakistan, saying that Pakistan expects the Afghan government take all possible steps for the elimination of TTP hideouts and training camps on its soil.

Pakistan has witnessed an uptick in terror activities, especially in KP and Balochistan, after the TTP ended its ceasefire with the government in November last year.

The attack comes after several terror attacks in the district last week. On November 3, at least five people were killed in a bomb blast in DI Khan.

The bomb exploded close to the route of a police patrol in the city. At least 21 people were also injured in the incident.

In May, 22 soldiers were injured after a security forces convoy was targeted by a motorcycle. The blast occurred near the Chehkan area on Tank Road.

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E Nov 08, 2023 01:41pm
This seems like a plot to destabilise the western borders of Pakistan. It's not advisable to open a new front against afghanistan in this time of economic turmoil. This seems like a ploy to divert attention from the current situation and nothing more. By the laws of Pakistan people born in Pakistan are citizens of Pakistan and should not be deported in these conditions. Citizen act grants the children born here automatic citizenship.
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Rizwan Nov 08, 2023 02:44pm
@E, Citizen acts do grant citizenship to those children born in Pakistan but their parents are illegally staying in Pakistan which might create problem in getting citizenship for their own children even if they are born in Pakistan.
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Amigo Nov 08, 2023 03:27pm
We need very strong decision maker, like Gen (Rip) Pervez Musharraf.
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Parvez Nov 08, 2023 11:08pm
His government is also a caretaker government..... during the same time.
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Tidbit Nov 09, 2023 02:39am
Wait a minute. We said terror incidents were up when Indians were in Afghanistan in cahoots with the Ghiani govt. Recall the term 'India is a spoiler in Afghanistan." Now, terror incidents are even more up after the Indians left. Looks like the Indians kept peace, and we never thanked them for it.
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Tidbit Nov 09, 2023 02:40am
@E, Plot? who has the time to plot Pakistan. Isnt the country doing enough to itself--it does not need any plot
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