Publisher: Xinhua News Agency, China
Story date: 24/11/2011
ISLAMABAD, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) A total of 80 Afghans were arrested for illegally entering Pakistan through Charman, a town in southwestern Pakistan's Balochistan province, that connects with southeast Afghanistan, said local officials on Thursday.
The detained Afghans entered Pakistan from near the Babe Dosti gate of the Chaman border without legal travel documents, said an official with the Frontier Corps, a paramilitary unit in the country, which is responsible for the border security.
All the detained people were handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency for further investigation, said the official.
Since the breakout of the Afghan war about a decade ago, millions of Afghan refugees have fled their homeland into Pakistan, creating a big social headache for the Pakistani government.
Under a UNHCR-sponsored repatriation program, over five million Afghan refugees have reportedly been repatriated from Pakistan. However, there are still an estimated 1.7 million Afghan refugees remaining in Pakistan.
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