The Foreign Office (FO) of Pakistan has stated that the government’s decision to expel illegal immigrants is in line with the country’s domestic laws and international norms. This comes in response to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), which urged Pakistan to halt the forced return of Afghan nationals to prevent a human rights crisis. While Afghanistan has criticized the decision, Pakistan has clarified that it is not targeting any specific ethnic group. The OHCHR spokesperson expressed concern that the deportation could put Afghan nationals at risk of human rights violations in Afghanistan. The FO spokesperson reiterated that the repatriation plan applies to all illegal foreigners in Pakistan, regardless of their nationality. However, foreign nationals legally residing in Pakistan are not affected. Pakistan emphasized its commitment to protecting vulnerable individuals and called on the international community to address protracted refugee situations. The government had set a deadline for all undocumented immigrants, including Afghan nationals, to leave the country by October 31 or face imprisonment and deportation. Plans are in place to house undocumented immigrants in holding centers before their repatriation. It is assured that the immigrants will be treated with respect and provided with meals and medical facilities.
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