ISLAMABAD – The Ministry of Interior has warned Afghan migrants, whether legal or illegal, to avoid supporting or funding any candidate for political or electoral activities in Pakistan.
The Interior Ministry issued a statement on Monday stating that both legal and illegal Afghan migrants must not support or fund any candidate for political or electoral activities in Pakistan, emphasizing that violating this order, regardless of legal status, would result in deportation.
The ministry also urged Pakistani citizens not to employ or assist illegal citizens in obtaining employment, providing a helpline for reporting any such incident.
The instructions by the interior ministry come as Pakistan started sending back Afghan citizens without proper documentation as part of a large-scale operation.
The Interior Minister had set a deadline of November 1st for illegal migrants to either go back or else face deportation. As far as the statistics are concerned, millions of immigrants are residing in Pakistan without proper documentation.
The federal government has time and again emphasized that the Afghans are not being victimized and the operation to deport migrants was not any citizens from a specific country. The rights groups are advocating against the deportation though the federal government cites security and economic concerns as reasons behind the operation.
The instructions by the interior ministry are crucial considering that the upcoming general elections in Pakistan are set for February 8, 2024 and political parties are currently trying to woo the masses.