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Pakistan Implements Stringent Measures: Nearly 300 Afghan Migrants Forced to Return Home

April 23, 2024 10:46 am

"Pakistan Implements Stringent Measures: Nearly 300 Afghan Migrants Forced to Return Home"

In a move that underscores escalating tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, approximately 300 Afghan migrants were compelled to return to their home country from Pakistan on Tuesday, April 16. The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation confirmed this development, shedding light on the growing challenges faced by Afghan migrants residing in Pakistan.

Abdul Mutalib Haqqani, spokesperson for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, emphasized the need for constructive dialogue with Pakistani authorities to establish a systematic framework for the repatriation of Afghan migrants. “We have urged the Pakistani government to adopt a collaborative approach, ensuring that any repatriation measures are conducted in accordance with mutual understanding and respect,” Haqqani stated.

Notably, discussions have centered on the fate of Afghan migrants holding documentation such as the ACC card or Afghan citizenship card. Abdul Jabbar Takhari, the consul of the Islamic Emirate in Karachi, underscored the importance of safeguarding the rights of documented migrants, urging Pakistan to uphold humane treatment and adherence to international norms.

However, amidst these diplomatic deliberations, reports from Pakistani media outlets indicate a significant influx of returning migrants, with an estimated 800,000 individuals expected to be repatriated in this latest wave. Disturbingly, accounts from some returnees depict a harrowing ordeal, alleging mistreatment and arbitrary expulsion by Pakistani authorities.

Sakhi Jan, one of the expelled migrants, recounted the oppressive tactics employed by Pakistani police, highlighting the disregard for basic human rights and international legal standards. Such testimonies underscore the urgent need for a more compassionate and rights-based approach to migration management in the region.

Meanwhile, Pakistani officials have defended their actions, citing the expulsion of nearly one million Afghan migrants holding valid documentation. The spokesperson for Pakistan’s Interior Ministry reiterated the government’s commitment to enforcing immigration policies, regardless of the backlash from affected communities.

As tensions persist and the plight of Afghan migrants continues to garner international attention, the need for diplomatic dialogue and concerted efforts to address the root causes of displacement remains paramount.

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