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50,000 Afghans ordered deported

October 07, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Pakistan ordered the deportation of about 50,000 Afghan refugees in an insurgency-racked tribal region amid a major military offensive against Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters.

The government said it was expelling all Afghan refugees in Bajaur, alleging that many have links to militant groups. Police in Bajaur arrested 25 Afghans and said they would soon be deported.

"The orders have been issued to the tribal police to push all of them [refugees] out," said local government official Abdul Haseeb, adding that their homes would be bulldozed.

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