The Embassy of Afghanistan in Islamabad has announced that 524 Afghan detainees including 54 women and 97 children were released from Karachi prisons earlier today.
The Afghan Embassy in Islamabad in collaboration with the Taliban’s Consulate General in Karachi has worked hard to facilitate the release of 524 Afghan detainees including me 54 women and 97 children. These detainees have spent two months imprisonment and were incarcerated by the Sindh police due to not having legal documents (visa and stay permit).
The Afghan Embassy has stated that the transportation cost and travel arrangements of the released Afghan nationals will be covered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan through its Diplomatic Mission in Karachi.
Also, the dead body of an inmate name “Abdul Khalil” originally from Faryab province who had died in prison, was sent to Afghanistan along with the released prisoners.
The current incarceration of Afghan refugees by the Pakistani Police has drawn massive condemnation within Pakistan. Some key political figures and refugee advocacies have even called on Pakistan law enforcement agencies to respect human rights and treat Afghan refugees with decency.
Whereas Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said while justifying the arrests, “If a person lives illegally in any country, the government takes action and deals with them according to the law.”
Following the rapid rise in terror attacks in Pakistan allegedly operated by the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the country’s security agencies have increased security measures across the country. Meanwhile, the Pakistani government announced that it will use full force to combat terrorism hideouts wherever they are, even beyond the country’s borders.