Media in Pakistan have reported that Karachi city police have detained 121 Afghan migrants.
According to Pakistani media citing the country’s police, on Monday, it was reported that at least 121 individuals have been detained in Karachi city’s prisons by Pakistani police due to lack of residency documents and illegal entry.
Afghan migrants have been detained by Pakistani police when the Pakistan Interior Minister had previously announced that the Pakistani government intends to take strong measures against illegal migrants.
This comes after Pakistani police had previously detained hundreds of Afghan citizens, including children and women, in Karachi’s prisons for various reasons, primarily due to a lack of legal documents.
The Pakistani police have not specified when these detainees will be released nor stated whether they will be deported to their home country after their release.
Many Afghans opted for Pakistan as their primary destination for medical treatment and as a potential host for migration among the neighbouring countries.
Amid Pakistan’s closure of the Torkham border crossing due to clashes between Afghan and Pakistani border forces, the impact is significant.
In addition, it disrupts Afghanistan’s trade and regional economy, heavily dependent on exports. Tragically, this situation has resulted in casualties, including the deaths of four Afghan children, two Taliban militants, and two Pakistani military personnel.