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Nearly 40 Afghan refugees released from Pakistani prisons

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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 Repatriation has officially announced the release and repatriation of 37 Afghan refugees held in Pakistani prisons for varying durations of one to six months.

According to a statement on social media X, the returnees came via Torkham, crossed the border and are now back in their home country.

The statement added that several of these returnees had been referred to the International Organization for Migration office to receive essential aid.

The statement emphasized that the detained people had completed sentences ranging from one to six months in Pakistani prisons. However, the specific reasons behind their apprehension were not given in the statement.

Afghan refugees faced arrests and mistreatment in Pakistan and Iran due to lacking legal residential documents.

Recent evidence shows a rise in the detention of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. In the latest incident, 18 Afghan migrants were arrested by Pakistani police and released after paying bribes.

Moreover, according to the Taliban officials of the Prisons affairs administration, nearly 4,000 citizens are incarcerated in Iranian prisons.

Reports show that since the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, around 750,000 Afghan citizens have migrated to Pakistan.

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