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06ISLAMABAD14208
2006-07-24 13:53:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Islamabad
Cable title:  

PAKISTANIS EXPEL 58 AFGHANS

Tags:   PK  PREL  PGOV  KTER 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L ISLAMABAD 014208 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/19/2015
TAGS: PK PREL PGOV KTER
SUBJECT: PAKISTANIS EXPEL 58 AFGHANS

REF: ISLAMABAD 13862

Classified By: DCM Peter Bodde, Derived from DSCG 05-01, d



1. (C) Summary. Pakistani authorities turned over 58 Afghan
nationals to Afghanistan Sunday from among the more than 200
Afghans rounded up in and around Quetta early last week. It
is not known whether any of the 58 have ties to the Taliban,
but Embassy contacts say the 58 were among those arrested in
madrassahs during the raids. End summary.



2. (C) Two journalist contacts say that the 58 Afghans that
Pakistan handed over to Afghan authorities on Sunday at the
Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing were among the 239 Afghans
picked up in raids on July 16, 17, and 18 in and around
Quetta. (Note. Press reports of the numbers detained in the
raids range from 215 to 250 Afghans. End note.) Journalist
contacts suspect that the 58 who were released were
undocumented Afghans, while the ones still in Pakistani
custody are those with valid documents but who were not
carrying them at the time of arrest. The 58 were attending
various madrassahs in and around Quetta. An agitated JUI-F
contact complained that the madrassah raids were conducted
without warning.



3. (C) The only one of the 239 with known ties to the
Taliban, Hamdullah Achakzai, a known former Taliban commander
from Helmand Province in Afghanistan, was still being held by
the Pakistanis. As reported reftel, Pakistani police claimed
in the immediate aftermath of the arrests that they rounded
up those considered "suspicious" and that the police would
see whether those arrested had ties to the Taliban.
Originally, Pakistani authorities said they would check the
Afghans for connections to the Taliban or other
anti-Coalition militant groups. However, according to press
reports, a Pakistani police inspector said Sunday that the
Afghan authorities would be the ones to investigate whether
any of the 58 turned over were linked to the Taliban.



4. (C) Comment. Regardless of the exact reason these Afghans
were picked up and their ultimate connection to the Taliban,
the speed with which the GOP handed the 58 over to the Afghan
authorities suggests the GOP is eager to demonstrate
responsiveness to Afghan and Coalition concerns regarding the
Taliban in the Quetta area.
Post will be monitoring how the GOP handles Hamdullah
Achakzai and any of the other 181 remaining in Pakistani
custody who may turn out to have definite links to the
Taliban. Police contacts in Quetta have provided Post a list
of the 181 Afghans still in Pakistani custody, and Post has
e-mailed this list to Embassy Kabul. End comment.
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