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Temporary camps set up as Afghans’ deportation from Pakistan continues

The Ministry of Refugee has said that work has begun on the construction of temporary camps for forcibly returned refugees in the Lalpur district of Nangarhar and Spinboldak of Kandahar.

With the increasing number of forcibly returned refugees from Pakistan, the country’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation Affairs has set up temporary camps in Nangarhar’s Lalpur and Kandahar’s Spinboldak districts to home forcibly repatriated refugees from Pakistan. Work has already begun on the construction of temporary shelters in both Nangarhar and Kandahar for Afghan refugees who are being forcibly returned from Pakistan. The Ministry of Refugee has said that work has begun on the construction of temporary camps for forcibly returned refugees in the Lalpur district of Nangarhar and Spinboldak of Kandahar. The camps with the capacity to accommodate 500 families have been set up in the two districts of Nangarhar and Kandahar to provide immediate shelter, health food, and financial aid to families returning from the neighboring country. On the other hand, various international agencies and countries have expressed their concern over forcibly deportation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan. They have called on the Pakistani government to reverse its decision in connection with the deportation of illegal Afghan refugees from the country. In their most recent remarks, Norwegian Chargé d’Affaires to Afghanistan Paul Klouman Bekker has expressed concern over the forced repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan. Meanwhile, the U.S. and the United Nations have also expressed their concern over the forced deportation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, stressing the need for Pakistan and other nations to uphold their obligations to help refugees. Pakistan has disregarded repeatedly calls by the United Nations and other international agencies as well as the Islamic Emirate call to not force out Afghan refugees from the country. The Islamic Emirate has repeatedly called on Pakistan to suspend the expulsion of Afghans, decrying it as unacceptable. Tens of thousands of Afghan refugees have left Pakistan, returning to Afghanistan this month following a Pakistani government deadline for Afghan refugees without documentation to leave by November 1 or face deportation. Pakistan announced the deadline in early October, saying an estimated 1.7 million Afghans are among the foreigners being asked to return to their native countries for lacking documentation or overstaying their visas. The Pakistani government has vowed to arrest and deport in a phased and order ly manner those who fail to comply. Recent months have seen multiple arrest and deportation efforts targeting Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The most recent crackdown on resulted in the arrest and detention of more than 250 undocumented Afghan refugees and migrants in Sindh Province of the country. Afghan refugees are facing with various problems in Pakistan. It is time that the Islamic Emirate find a way for the dignified return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan. The latest figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has estimated that over 3,700,000 Afghans currently reside in Pakistan, with only 1,330,000 registered as refugees. Afghan refugees are also facing forced deportation from Iran. Currently, hundreds of Afghan refugees are forcibly deported from Iran on daily basis. S. Raqib

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.