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80 Afghans held for illegally entering Pakistan

world Updated: Nov 25, 2011 10:44 IST
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A total of 80 Afghans have been arrested for illegally entering Pakistan through a border town in southwestern Balochistan province, officials said.

The Afghans entered through Chaman town that connects with southeast Afghanistan, Xinhua reported.

The detained Afghans entered Pakistan without legal travel documents, said an official with the paramilitary Frontier Corps, which is responsible for border security.

All the detained people have been handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency for further investigation, he said.

Since the breakout of the Afghan war about a decade ago, millions of Afghan refugees have fled their homeland and turned up in Pakistan. Under a UN-sponsored repatriation programme, over five million Afghan refugees have reportedly been sent back from Pakistan. However, there are still an estimated 1.7 million Afghan refugees remaining in the country.

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