| GEO Pakistan|
| Afghans given a week-deadline to leave Khyber|
| Updated at: 0714 PST, Saturday, January 10, 2009|
JAMRUD: Afghan refugees living in Khyber Agency have been told to leave the agency within one week, failing which action would taken against them, Khyber Agency Political Agent Tariq Hayat Khan said.
Khan told reporters the Afghan refugees were involved in 60 percent crime in the agency and said unregistered Afghans should register themselves and shift to camps, or leave the agency.
He said security forces had arrested at least 200 Taliban and other anti-social elements during the ongoing military operation in Jamrud tehsil and demolished 55 houses. Khan said the security forces arrested seven would-be suicide bombers and seized two vehicles loaded with at least 1,200 kilogrammes of explosives from Jamrud and Bara tehsils of Khyber Agency.
Media reported Khan as saying curfew along the Khyber Pass had been lifted from 8am until 7pm. “Now there is a free flow of traffic for every type of vehicle” including NATO supply trucks, he said. “The active operation is over. Now we are engaged in the mopping-up phase of the operation against anti-social and anti-state elements,” he said, referring to the Taliban.