Pak sets up deportation centers to hold illegal migrants starting next week

Pakistan is setting up deportation centers for migrants in the country illegally, including an estimated 1.7 million Afghans, officials said on Thursday. It’s the latest development in a government crackdown to expel foreigners without registration or documents.
Anyone found staying in the country illegally from next Wednesday will be arrested and sent to the deportation centers.
Jan Achakzai, a spokesman for the southwestern Baluchistan government, said three deportation centers are being set up. One will be in Quetta, the provincial capital.
Azam Khan, the caretaker chief minister for the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said the region will have three deportation centers. More than 60,000 Afghans have returned home since the crackdown was announced, he said.
He said migrants who are living in the country illegally should leave before the Tuesday deadline to avoid arrest.
Pakistan’s caretaker Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti has said there will be no deadline extension.
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