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Two UN agencies urge Pakistan to give up expelling Afghan refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have requested Pakistan to continue their protection of all vulnerable Afghans who have been seeking safety in the country. This request comes after the Pakistani government announced the expulsion of Afghan citizens without documents from the country. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in a joint statement on Saturday, stated that Afghanistan is facing severe human rights challenges, particularly for women and girls, and is experiencing a profound humanitarian crisis. They emphasized that plans for all individuals who have been forced to leave the country may face serious protection risks upon return will have serious consequences. These two United Nations agencies have stressed that the government’s independence in domestic policies, the need for population management within its territory, and its commitment to ensuring security are acknowledged. “The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration have a strong and long-term collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and are ready to assist in the establishment of a comprehensive and sustainable mechanism for the registration and management of Afghan nationals, including those who may require international support,” the statement said. “The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Organization for Migration continues to call on all countries to suspend the forced return of Afghan nationals and ensure that potential returns to their country are carried out in a safe, dignified, and voluntary manner,” the statement further added. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s decision to deport over 1.73 million Afghan nationals who lack legal documents faced strong reactions at the national and international levels. Former President Hamid Karzai, in a statement, called the treatment of Afghan refugees by the Pakistani government “inappropriate and against good neighborly behavior.” Karzai said that the current problems of Pakistan are not linked to Afghan refugees, but on the contrary, they have provided many economic and social benefits to Pakistan. The former president hoped the Pakistani government would reconsider its decision. Refugee rights activists said that the Islamic Emirate should engage in direct negotiations with Islamabad to address the challenges of the Afghan refugees. Speaking at the 14th graduation ceremony of the police academy in Kabul, the acting Minister of Defense, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob Mujahid, condemned the latest decision of Pakistan to expel Afghan refugees by October 31, calling it an “unjust” decision. Mohammad Nabi Naibi

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