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Over 2,000 Afghan inmates released from Pakistani prisons in past year

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has informed that more than 2,000 Afghan prisoners have been released from a prison of Pakistan’s Sindh and returned to Kabul in the past one year.Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s consulate in Pakistan’s Karachi says another 208 Afghan prisoners have been released in recent days from the prison of Pakistan’s Sindh and returned to Kabul at the expense of the IEA.

“A total of 2,012 Afghan inmates including 285 children and 221 women have been released from Pakistani prisons in the past one year,” said Abdul Jabar, Afghan consul to Pakistan’s Karachi. These prisoners have been released as results of continued efforts that have been made by the Afghanistan Embassy in Islamabad and the Consulate General of the country to Karachi, Abdul Jabar said, adding that they are working to release all those Afghan prisoners who have been imprisoned in various prisons of the neighboring country. On the other hand, a number of Afghan refugees based in Pakistan say by passing each single day the number of Afghan prisoners is increasing in Pakistan’s prisons as Pakistani police have doubled their effort to arrest Afghan living illegally in various parts of Pakistan. Meanwhile, a number of refugee rights activists are asking the Islamic Emirate to address the challenges facing Afghan refugees in neighboring countries. Anosh Rastakhil, an Afghan refugee, in an interview with The Kabul Times, said Afghan refugees were detained for nothing and put in custody or prisons in Pakistan. Based on reports, Pakistan and Iran host nearly eight million Afghan citizens, and from time to time there are reports of mistreatment of Afghan refugees by the police of the respective countries. This comes at a time when the Afghanistan consulate in Karachi asked for addressing the condition of Afghan prisoners in Pakistan’s prisons. There are reports that thereare still a large number of Afghan prisoners including women and children imprisoned in the prison of Pakistan’s Karachi. According to Afghan refugee activists, the families of most of the Afghan prisoners are not in Pakistan; therefore, they are facing with lots of problems. There are also reports that a large number of Afghan refugees are imprisoned in various prisons of Iran, another neighboring country of Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate’s relevant ministries particularly the Ministry of foreign affairs, ministry of Interior and Ministry of Refugees have already started the efforts to bring all Afghan prisoners back to home. Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.