Taliban’s Foreign Ministry officials in Nimruz province said that 20 Afghan inmates, including students, scholars and ordinary citizens were released from Iran’s Zahedan province.
The Directorate of Information and Culture in western Nimruz province in an announcement said that after being released, the inmates were handed over to the Taliban officials in Zaranj the provincial capital of Nimruz province.
According to Taliban officials, these individuals were incarcerated due to failing to provide legal stay documents and visas and were released following the efforts of the Afghan consulate in Zahedan.
Mawlawi Sediqullah Nasrat, the head of the refugee and repatriation center in Nimruz province stated that returnees have been referred to International Organization for Migration (IOM) to receive the necessary help.
Furthermore, it is reported that hundreds of Afghan inmates have been released from prisons in Pakistan and Iran and returned to Afghanistan over the past month.
On Thursday (March 30) a delegation from the Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation of Afghanistan met with the representatives of Afghan refugees in Sistan and Baluchistan and Qom provinces and vowed to address refugees’ problems and find solutions respectively.
Over the past nine months, more than 2045 Afghan refugees returned to the country through the Islam Qala crossing point, according to Afghan border officials.
Following the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban in August 2021, thousands of Afghans migrated to the neighboring countries, notably Pakistan and Iran, fearing persecution and death threats. Most of these refugees have no legal status in the host countries, now facing major challenges, including imprisonment and forceful deportation.