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More Afghans returning to country, official

With the improvement of security across Afghanistan, more Afghan refugees are interested in returning to their homes. In recent weeks, thousands of Afghan refugees have returned from neighboring countries particularly Pakistan and Iran to their homes in Afghanistan. According to officials of the country’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, over 1 million Afghan refugees have returned to the country from various countries during the past 20 months. “Over 1 million Afghan refugees have returned to the country from Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and various European and Arab countries since the Islamic Emirate’s takeover in mid-August 2021,” said Khalil Rahman Haqqani, acting minister of refugees and repatriation. Speaking to participants in a ceremony held on the occasion of distribution of aid to 400 poor families in Kabul, Haqqani asked all Afghan refugees living in neighboring and other countries of the world to return and take part in the reconstruction of their country. He also asked the host countries to facilitate the return of Afghan refugees to their country, stressing that the host countries and all other countries and relevant international organizations should not forget Afghan refugees. According to the acting minister of refugees and repatriation, nearly 6 – 8 million Afghan refugees are still living in neighboring countries particularly Pakistan and Iran and other EU members and western countries. He said, 450,000 Afghan refugees returned from Iran and 1,000 to 3,000 Afghan refugees were daily returning from the neighboring countries, particularly Pakistan and Iran. He said more than 9000 Afghan refugees returned from Iran to Afghanistan last week. Pointing to the number of Afghan refugees who are imprisoned in prisons of the neighboring countries, Haqqani said about 4,000 Afghan languished in prisoners in Iran and the country had so far extradited over 1,100 prisoners to Afghanistan, calling on the host countries not to forcibly expel Afghan refugees. The number of Afghan refugees returning from Iran and Pakistan has increased in recent days as about 2,430 Afghan refugees have returned to the country from neighboring Iran and Pakistan in the past three days. The country’s minister of refugees and repatriation has informed that 2,137 Afghans have returned from Iran and 293 from Pakistan in the past three days. The ministry has said that 508 of the returnees were introduced to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for assistance. Most Afghan refugees living in neighboring Iran and Pakistan are facing lots of challenges; therefore, they mostly prefer to return to their country. On the other hand, the security situation has unprecedentedly improved across the country. The Islamic Emirate particularly the ministry of refugees and repatriation with close cooperation of relevant national and international organizations should provide all necessary services to those returning to their country. Samiullah Momand

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.