The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Forced deportation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Iran continuing

The expulsion of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Iran is continuing, which is contrary to the ties of brotherhood that both countries claim bind the Afghans with their own people. The expulsion and forced deportation process of Afghan refugees from both Pakistan and Iran have faced Afghans with an uncertain future, which is unjustified and will result in deprivation. Those Afghan refugees who are facing forced deportation from Pakistan and Iran will be facing new problems in their home areas when they return right to their home country although the Islamic Emirate has made all preparations to manage them in their home areas Over one million Afghan migrants have been expelled from neighboring countries, particularly Pakistan and Iran in the past one year. Afghanistan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation has recently asked Pakistan to consider mutual understanding regarding Afghan refugees, emphasizing the bilateral nature of immigration decisions. With starting the second phase of forced deportation of Afghans from Pakistan just weeks back, Amnesty International urged the immediate cancellation of the plan to expel Afghan refugees from the country, citing violations of international human rights laws. The organization had expressed disappointment in the Pakistani government’s decision to extend the deportation drive to Afghan Citizen Card holders, highlighting the potential risks Afghan refugees face in Afghanistan. As the forced deportation of Afghan migrants from Iran and Pakistan continues, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation of Afghanistan reported the expulsion of nearly three thousand Afghan migrants from the respective countries. On Wednesday, June 5, the ministry announced that 2,831 Afghan migrants were deported from Iran and 751 from Pakistan. The Ministry of Refugees added that the returnees entered the country on June 4. According to information of the ministry, the mentioned migrants entered Afghanistan through the borders of Islam Qala, Torkham, and Spin Boldak after being deported. Afghan migrants are being deported from Pakistan while the deportation of Afghan migrants from neighboring countries, especially Iran and Pakistan, has significantly increased in recent months. Despite criticism from human rights organizations and Afghanistan, the Pakistani government defends its actions, asserting that the measures are not aimed at any specific ethnic group. Thus, it is necessary for the Islamic Emirate to take more serious measures to address the problems of those expelled by the Pakistan government on a daily basis, assess the challenges that arise in the border and their home areas, and make efforts to provide the needy families with more facilities and employment opportunities. These forced deportations aggravate the current crisis, leaving many Afghan families vulnerable although they receive and support from some international organizations and the Islamic Emirate relevant institutions. The international community’s focus on addressing these humanitarian concerns is crucial to mitigate the adverse effects on the returnees and the host communities struggling to accommodate them. Mukhtar Safi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.