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More than 820 Afghan migrant families return home from Pakistan

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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

The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations of Afghanistan has reported that during the past week, 820 Afghan migrant families have returned from Pakistan, both forcibly and voluntarily.

On Saturday, through a news release on its social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, the Ministry stated that these migrants had entered the country between the 6th and 11th of October.

According to the Ministry, these families consist of 4,975 individuals, including 391 prisoners held in Pakistani prisons.

Furthermore, the ministry, citing the Spin Boldak border officials, emphasized that food aid had been distributed to some of the returning migrants, and those who were ill received medical treatment.

This comes in the wake of international reactions regarding the decision to expel Afghan migrants from Pakistan, with Pakistani authorities insisting on expulsing these migrants.

Sarfaraz Bugti, the caretaker of Pakistan’s interior, stated that expelling illegal migrants is not exclusive to Afghans but applies to all those who lack legal documentation to live in the country, and they will be expelled after the designated deadline.

He added that after the expiration of the deadline for expelling illegal migrants, the Pakistani government will not make any compromises regarding their accommodation.

Earlier, the interim government of Pakistan had announced that illegal migrants in the country have until the end of October to leave Pakistan.

On the other hand, Anwar ul Haq Kakar, the interim Prime Minister of Pakistan, emphasized that the expulsion of Afghan migrants living “illegally” in Pakistan does not mean a complete severance of relations.

According to this Pakistani official, only a portion of Afghan citizens are involved in “undesirable” activities, not all of them.

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