Deportation operation of Afghan ID card holders commences

The directive from the federal interior ministry to the Punjab government signals the commencement of the second phase of a deportation operation aimed at addressing the presence of Afghan citizen card holders in the region, set to begin on April 15. This decision underscores the ongoing efforts to manage migration and address security concerns in the province.

In a significant development, a video conference convened by Federal Interior Secretary Aftab Durrani, in collaboration with Punjab Home Secretary Noorul Amin and other key officials. It served as a platform to outline the strategy for the upcoming phase of the deportation operation. The federal government has showed determination to unveil comprehensive lists containing the names of Afghan Citizen Card Holders. These lists will serve as a crucial tool in facilitating the identification and subsequent management of individuals under this category. By leveraging this data, law enforcement agencies will have power to execute targeted actions in line with the objectives of the operation.

Central to the approach outlined during the conference is the principle of voluntary repatriation. Initially, individuals holding Afghan citizen cards will be encouraged to return to their home country voluntarily. This approach prioritizes cooperation and compliance, offering individuals the opportunity to resolve their legal status in a manner that is mutually beneficial. However, in cases where voluntary repatriation is not forthcoming, the authorities will compellingly take decisive action. Those who fail to heed the call for voluntary return will face apprehension and subsequent deportation. This will ensure adherence to established legal frameworks and upholding national security interests.

The availability of accurate and up-to-date data on Afghan citizen card holders represents a significant milestone in the operational landscape. In the past, challenges associated with identifying and tracking illegal foreigners posed considerable hurdles for law enforcement agencies. However, with access to comprehensive databases which the federal government provided, it can mitigate these challenges significantly. The streamlined process of data sharing between federal and provincial authorities underscores the importance of collaboration and coordination in addressing complex migration issues.

Looking ahead, the meeting also discussed the plans for the subsequent phases of the operation. Notably, discussions centered on the deportation of individuals holding Afghan POR (Proof of Residence) cards. This marked another crucial step in the overarching strategy. The deportation amount has mounted to over 400,000 illegal foreign nationals. These efforts underscore a concerted commitment to enhancing border security and safeguarding the integrity of national boundaries.