Pakistan has decided to register all foreign nationals living in the country, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Rashid said that foreign nationals will be able to open bank accounts, start businesses and acquire SIM cards after registration.
He stated that the authorities have gathered several Afghan nationals, a part of approximately 70,000 illegal immigrants living in Pakistan. He added that the whereabouts of at least 40,000 to 50,000 illegal foreign nationals are still unknown for the last 70 years.
To a question, the interior minister maintained that 4,000 to 5,000 Pakistanis are stranded at the Torkham border, who intended to go to Saudi Arabia via Afghanistan. “We will soon begin electronic border management at Chaman border,” he said.
“Being an interior minister, I confirm that drugs are being smuggled into the country from outside.”
He said that a crackdown is being initiated on a large scale against the drug mafia.
He said the issue of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan will be decided by the federal cabinet in its next meeting.