An Afghan national was brutally killed in Depalpur, a city in the Okara district of Punjab province yesterday, according to sources.
The Afghan Embassy in Islamabad received the news with great sadness on Wednesday that an Afghan car driver was brutally killed in the Dipalpur Sabzi Mandi area of the Okara district of Punjab province in Pakistan.
The embassy strongly condemned this cruel act – describing it to be the first of its kind brutal incident in Pakistan over the years.
Meanwhile, the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad contacted the members of the Afghan Transport Association to deliver the deceased’s body to his relatives, and to cooperate with them in this regard.
Also, the embassy has shared the issue with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, asking the relevant agencies to thoroughly investigate the incident and take necessary measures to identify the perpetrators, and to avoid the repetition of such painful incidents in the future.
This comes as Afghan refugees currently residing in Pakistan are faced with an overwhelming level of problems in terms of employment, renting a house, buying a sim card, and most importantly their legal status. Neither the Pakistani government has a single established policy to safeguard refugees nor a comprehensive procedure to make a decision on the fate of Afghan asylum seekers.
In the recent past, the Pakistani police in Karachi incarcerated hundreds of Afghan migrants including women and children due to not having legal documents (visas and stay permits). The detained Afghan nationals will be deported to Afghanistan in the near future, according to official sources.