The Afghan political representation in Karachi has reported the release of 28 Afghan prisoners from jails in the province.
On Tuesday, the diplomatic mission of Afghanistan said on its social media platform X that 28 Afghan prisoners have been released from prisons in the Sindh province. They also called for the release of other prisoners.
According to this representation, some Afghans are still detained in Sindh province, and the consulate of the de facto administration of Afghanistan is trying to secure their release.
The statement mentioned that the released prisoners had been transported to Afghanistan at the government’s expense.
This comes in the context of previous incidents where Pakistani police had detained hundreds of Afghan migrants on charges of lacking legal residency documents.
After a while, many of these Afghans were deported from Pakistan and sent back to Afghanistan.
In a recent crackdown, Pakistan’s southern Sindh province authorities have apprehended over 250 Afghan refugees and migrants, primarily in Karachi, since September 11, 2023.
This move is part of a government directive to arrest undocumented Afghans residing in Sindh and across the nation. Afghan refugees and human rights advocates in Pakistan argue that these arrests primarily target vulnerable Afghans who cannot return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule due to security concerns or economic hardships.