Operation against Afghans ends, 318 houses razed to ground

No entry via Torkham without passport, officials warn

Nasib Shah Shinwari

Khyber Agency—The officials of political admin at Torkham have said media on Monday that some 318 houses of Afghan nationals have been razed to ground and have and cautioned the Afghans not to come Pakistan without valid documents.
The political tehsildar of Torkham Shakeel Umarzai told mediamen that authorities had launched an operation against illegal Afghan citizens who were residing at various places in Torkham.. He said they had already issued notices to them to vacate the border area and shift to Afghanistan.
The official said on the expiration of the last notice they started demolishing house near the Pak-Afghan border in Torkham. He said 318 houses occupied by Afghan nationals in Gyanrai and Bacha Mina areas were demolished and it’s 3,000 Afghan inmates including women and children were sent back to Afghanistan.
The official claimed to have cleared the border areas of Afghan who were unlawfully living there and has tighten the entry points at various places in Torkham to restrict border crossing without valid travel documents.
Meanwhile the traders and owners of Torkham bus terminal were not happy with the restrictions imposed on the travelers coming to Pakistan.
Haji Farzand Shinwari, the contractor of Torkham taxi terminal reporters that at least 1,800 taxi and mini-coaches were providing transportation to the Afghan passengers every day.
He said due to travel restrictions on Torkham, the border crossing was dropped to only 500 a day or less.
Quoting the owners of taxi stands on the Afghan side of the Torkham border, Farzand said that same situation was also prevailing in Afghanistan. He said taxies and mini-coaches owners on the Afghan side were also going in loss as the number of passengers dropped to travel from and to Pakistan.
The political administration in Torkham at many places has also pasted pamphlets and banners on the various walls describing with caution to Afghan nationals not to travel Pakistan without valid passport after 30th April of this month.

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