The caretaker Interior Minister of Pakistan, Senator Sarfraz Bugti, has urged illegal immigrants living in the country to return to their home countries voluntarily. The government has finalized a plan for the repatriation of such individuals. The government had set a deadline of October 31 for all undocumented immigrants, including Afghan nationals, to leave Pakistan or face imprisonment and deportation. The decision was made in a meeting attended by high-ranking officials including the Prime Minister and the Chief of Army Staff. Bugti clarified that the deportation drive is against all illegal residents in the country, not just Afghans. He announced that holding centers have been established in various provinces, Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan to facilitate the repatriation process. The illegal immigrants will be provided with medical facilities and food, and women, children, and the elderly will be treated respectfully. Bugti emphasized that this action is specifically targeted towards individuals without valid travel documents. He warned Pakistanis who were assisting such immigrants that they would be violating the law and the government would take strict action against them. Bugti assured that the government has identified the areas where illegal immigrants are residing and urged them to voluntary return before November 1. The repatriation plan is considered a challenging task but will be implemented after the deadline. Bugti emphasized the importance of the state becoming stronger and maintaining control, and encouraged synergy among institutions to achieve this goal.
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