CM takes notice of Afghan refugees’ influx reports

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday took serious notice of reports about illegal influx of Afghan refugees in Hyderabad and their involvement in land grabbing, smuggling of arms, narcotics and others such activities.

He directed the DIG Hyderabad to send back such illegal migrants/ refugees within three days.

The chief minister was presiding over a high level meeting on law and order at Chief Minister House, which reviewed the targeted operation in Karachi and discussed the counter strategy to fight with terrorists especially with reference to army actions against the terrorists in tribal areas.

The chief minister said that influx of illegal immigrants, especially Afghan refugees was a big threat to the people and installations in Sindh. He said that any attempt for registration of these people at this stage when action was being taken against the terrorist in tribal area would be injustice and dangers for the Sindh province. He urged the federal government to stop the registration in case it was in process.

He directed all the DIGs of Sindh police to put all entry and exits points of their districts under strict vigilance and not allow illegal immigrant to enter or settle in their areas. He also directed concerned police officers to stop illegal construction of seminaries in the province.

The meeting was attended by DG rangers Major General Rizwan Akhtar, IG Sind Police Iqbal Mehmood, Additional IG Karachi Shahid Hayat, All DIGs of Karachi, Advocate General Abdul Fatah Malik, Prosecutor General Shair Muhammad Sheikh, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem and others.

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