A Pakistani senator has surprisingly said that around four million Afghans are living in his country illegally.
Jehanzeb Jamaldini, who represents Balochistan province, made the remarks while addressing the Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control on Monday.
He said that apart from refugees, there were around four million illegal Afghans living in various of parts of Pakistan.
“These four million Afghans have become part of our system,” he was quoted as saying by local newspaper Dawn.
Citing reports, the senator said that some lawmakers might have unintentionally attested documents of Afghan nationals for acquiring Pakistan’s Computerized National Identity Cards.
“It’s a serious matter,” the chairman of the committee Senator Rehmand Malik said, adding if action could be taken against government officials for wrong attestation why not against MPs found attesting fake documents.
Meanwhile, Senator Javed Abbasi said the working of National Database and Registration Authority had improved. “In the past even people like Mullah Mansoor obtained Pakistani passport and the CNIC,” he said referring to Taliban leader who was killed in a drone strike last year.
According to official data, Pakistan hosts around 1.3 million registered and nearly a million unregistered Afghans.