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Pakistan Blames Afghan Failure for Migrant Expulsions and Security Woes

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, Pakistan's Prime Minister, blamed the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Afghan migrants on Afghanistan's incompetence.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar attributed the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Afghan migrants to Afghanistan’s inability to prevent Pakistani militants from operating within its borders. 

He emphasized that Afghans were deeply involved in suicide attacks and clashes with Pakistani forces, leading to a significant rise in security incidents since the Taliban regained power in Kabul in 2021.

Escalating Tensions and Migration:

Since Pakistan’s October ultimatum to 1.7 million Afghans living illegally in the country, more than 250,000 people have crossed from Pakistan to Afghanistan. 

While Pakistan claims most left voluntarily, Kabul insists that the majority were forcibly repatriated after the November 1 deadline.

Involvement of Afghan Nationals:

Kakar highlighted that a substantial portion of illegal immigrants in Pakistan were of Afghan origin and that individuals engaged in criminal and terrorist activities were among these migrants. 

He revealed a 60% increase in terror incidents in Pakistan since the Taliban’s resurgence in August 2021, resulting in 2,267 deaths. 

Afghan nationals were found to be involved in suicide attacks and clashes with Pakistani law enforcement departments during anti-militancy operations.

Afghanistan’s Denial and Pakistan’s Complaints:

While Pakistan repeatedly complained to Afghanistan’s rulers about the cross-border attacks, Afghanistan’s Taliban government denied allegations that militants were using its soil to stage attacks in other countries. 

They asserted that Pakistan’s security problems were a domestic affair and called on Pakistan to address its issues without blaming Afghanistan.

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