Cleaning House?

by Joshua Foust on 10/7/2008

Pakistan has ordered almost 50,000 refugees to leave the Bajaur tribal agency.

Pakistani authorities Tuesday began enforcing an order for Afghans to leave the Bajaur tribal region, accusing the refugees of having links to militants in the area.

Pakistani troops have been targeting al-Qaida and Taliban-linked militants in Bajaur for several weeks, killing at least a thousand militants so far.

Officials today said at least 40 Afghans had been arrested and would be deported to their homeland. Some Afghan-owned shops in the tribal area also were shut down.

Pakistani government officials estimate at least 20,000 Afghans have already returned home. Many hail from the neighboring Afghan province of Kunar.

Sounds like a party. Meanwhile, a local jirga has re-upped its commitment against the Taliban in Bajaur, as Pakistani troops claim to have killed half a dozen Taliban near the border with Afghanistan.

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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