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  1. Devil Soul

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    Afghans ordered out of Pakistan as 'diversion' in militant fight
    By Reuters
    Published: February 18, 2015
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    TORKHAM: Afghan immigrants ordered out of Pakistan in what officials say is a bid to root out militants are, some analysts say, scapegoats being used to distract attention from the authorities’ failure to end violence.

    Thousands of Afghans unnerved by threats of arrest and growing hostility towards them have flocked out of Pakistan back home, leaving behind boarded-up shops, houses and restaurants.

    Within hours of a December 16 attack on a school in the city of Peshawar in which more than 150 people were killed, officials pointed the finger at Afghanistan and vowed to crack down on illegal immigrants whom they say furnish a cover for militants.

    Thousands of Afghans have since left, with long queues of cars loaded with belongings snaking through the Khyber Pass up to the border.

    Many more are packing their bags in Peshawar and preparing to leave.

    Shahkirullah Sabawoon, an Afghan clothes merchant in Peshawar, described a grim atmosphere as he prepared to leave.

    “Pakistan is our second home and we have invested billions of rupees in different businesses but police … are asking us to shut our businesses and leave the country,” he said.

    He said many in the community were too afraid to visit the market and check their shops for fear of being arrested.

    “We have made up our minds to leave Pakistan and move our businesses to Afghanistan but it’s not an easy task,” he said.

    Samina Ahmed, South Asia project director at the International Crisis Group, said the authorities were using Afghan refugees as a scapegoat, even though it is possible that some Taliban might surreptitiously mingle in Afghan refugee communities.

    “It is so easy to exploit them. They have no legal framework to protect them,” she said.

    “Targeting Afghan refugees is a diversion.”

    Afghans going home

    There are more than three million Afghans living in Pakistan, many of whom migrated in the 1970-80s during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

    Later, thousands followed after the hardline Taliban came to power.

    Although some have proper registration papers, many are undocumented, making them vulnerable to police intimidation.

    After decades in Pakistan, many have lost contact with relatives in Afghanistan, making their return even more worrying as Taliban militants step up their campaign following the withdrawal of most US-led troops in December.

    The International Organisation for Migration said more than 22,000 undocumented Afghans flocked across the border at Torkham in January, more than twice the figure for the whole of 2014.

    Almost 1,500 others were deported in the same month, double the number of deportees in December.

    Pakistani officials say they only target those who have no proper papers or are involved in crime.

    During the crackdown, police have even recovered illegal weapons from unregistered Afghans,” said Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, a provincial government minister.

    “Some of them were involved in crime and terrorism.” Ajmal Khan, 38, was seven years old when his parents moved to Pakistan to flee Soviet invaders.

    He is now a father of six and owns a restaurant in Peshawar which he sees as home.

    He is anxious about what awaits him when he gets back to his home town in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

    Half his family have already gone.

    “I love Peshawar … It has given us shelter for these long years,” he said, adding that a court had ordered his deportation even though he had valid paperwork.

    “As soon as I sell the restaurant, I will leave Pakistan with the rest of my family.”
     
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    GoP is behaving idiotically. They are sending the wrong people home. The rotten apples will remain in Pakistan, while the decent people are being forced out. How sad.
     
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    And how long do you reckon they will keep on living here?They have to go back eventually so why no now???They cnt live here forever they should go back and build their own country back.You cannot live in a person's home for so many decades and expect him to remain hospitable also not forgeting the fact that you keep making up with his enemy.
     
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    TTP hide amongst refugees.
     
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    Why?

    And I know many Afghans that proudly call themselves Pakistani.
     
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    Are you friends with all Afghans living in the country?

    Are you also aware Afghans regularly bride Nadra officials for ID cards. How can you be so sure these are not TTP but Pakistan loving Afghans?

    There is no way to tell and its an avenue that needs to be closed when there are no more Afghans left in the country. Will be easy to tell then who is TTP.
     
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    Afghans are Afghans and TTP are TTP.

    I have many neighbors that came from Afghanistan and they are better people than most of us.

    The majority of TTP members are Pakistani. Where do you want to send them?

    Who is who? hahaha
     
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    They are Afghans with fake Pakistani passports by bribing Nadra.

    Afghan refugee access is the loophole they exploit.

    Afghans themselves should understand that this is a issue and voluntarily offer to go back to let Pakistan clear its mess. They are welcome back after.
     
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    You are right, the ones with money, power and a big logistics network providing weapons and terrorists across Pakistan are sitting in big mansions in Islamabad with close ties to the military and civilian government. They'll remain there and that's stupid. But regardless, these refugees had to go to. The terrorists hide between these till the transportation network can pick them up and transport them to their terror destination. This should bring some more peace at the least and one less thing for law enforcement to worry about. Plus, these people and Afghanistan in general hate Pakistan, so why support these people when they'll always harm the country who gave them a place to live when they needed it?
     
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    Are my thoughts wrong?

    I've only ever dealt with Afghans in Punjab and ate at their hotels. They seemed like very nice and respectable people. Everyone is telling me that Afghans are bad, but I remember my first date with a girl was at an Afghan hotel, and the owner said nothing me. :D
     
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    Afghans started coming to Pakistan after 1979. A child born to an Afghan cpl in 1980 would be 35 yrs old and has lived all his life since his birth in Pakistan. But now he is asked to go back to Afghanistan since the land where he was born and brought up isn't his. :sad:
     
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    No.All afghans r not bad.Some of them even love Pakistan.But the point is,They r afghan and need to move to afghanistan.Its as simple is that

    Its not our problem.He was born to afghan parents and should get back to his ancestors home.We have a lot of our own mess here.So....
     
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    No thank you for ruining our lands and wish to see you with a valid visa on our lands if you wish to come and see us.
     
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    Tell you what, you make of the list of naughty and good Afghans living in Pakistan and i will make sure GOP only deports the bad Afghans.
     
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    And many of these Afghans will turn against Pakistan as militants, to take revenge.

    But these Afghans are guests and cannot outlive their welcome. Unfortunately, Pakistan is now between a rock and a hard place!