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Many expelled migrants from Pakistan face security challenges in Afghanistan: UN

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
People protested against the deportation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan at a rally by the Women’s Movement ‘Aurat March’ in Lahore on November 18, 2023. (Photo by Arif ALI / AFP)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Afghanistan says that some of the expelled refugees from Pakistan had left Afghanistan due to security threats. Caroline Gluck, the spokesperson for this organization, stated that these individuals have faced significant challenges and are now exposed to high risks in Afghanistan.

This UN agency, on Tuesday, posted a video on its official account on Twitter, stating that since Pakistan decided to expel undocumented refugees in mid-September, more than 327,000 Afghan refugees have returned to Afghanistan.

The report states that more than 80% of the returning Afghans are women and children, contributing to the uncertainty of their future and increasing humanitarian challenges in the country.

Many of the expelled refugees have reported instances of harassment and mistreatment during their expulsion to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The spokesperson for this commission added that the return of migrants to Afghanistan should be voluntary, not forced.

The interim government of Pakistan, after the end of a one-month deadline for the expulsion of migrants, announced that individuals without legal documents would be detained and expelled.

In recent weeks, the Pakistan police have initiated house-to-house searches and detained and expelled migrants without documents.

Reports of misconduct by the Pakistan police towards Afghan migrants and the confiscation of their belongings have also surfaced, leading to strong reactions from Taliban authorities.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s interim Prime Minister, Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, has sent a clear message to the Taliban administration, calling on them to take firm measures against terrorists operating from Afghan territory and launching attacks in Pakistan.

During an exclusive interview with Pakistan’s Geo News, Kakar voiced his displeasure with the Taliban’s lack of action against terror activities aimed at Pakistan.
Nevertheless, Taliban officials vehemently deny such allegations, asserting their commitment to preventing any group or individual from using Afghanistan’s territory to harm neighbouring countries.

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