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Over 15,000 Afghan families expelled from Pakistan in 6 days

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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
Trucks transporting Afghan refugees with their belongings are seen along a road towards the Pakistan-Afghanistan Torkham border on November 3, 2023, following Pakistan’s government decision to expel people illegally staying in the country. – More than 165,000 Afghans have fled Pakistan since Islamabad issued an ultimatum to 1.7 million people a month ago to leave or face arrest and deportation, officials said on November 2. (Photo by Abdul MAJEED / AFP)

The de facto administration has announced that in the past six days, from the first of November until the 6th, approximately 15,270 families have returned to the country via the Torkham border crossing.

According to the media report Monday, approximately 15,270 families have returned to Afghanistan from the beginning of November this year until today.

According to this report, from September 17, 2023, to today, only 35,000 families, consisting of approximately 200,000 individuals, have returned to their country solely via the Torkham crossing.

The Pakistani Ministry of Interior issued a warning to undocumented migrants, stating that if they do not leave Pakistan by the specified date, they would face deportation, and their properties and businesses would be confiscated.

The Pakistani government claims that Afghan nationals have been involved in terrorist attacks, while the Taliban administration rejects the allegations. Pakistani authorities have stated that over 1.7 million undocumented Afghan migrants will be deported.

Pakistani media reports the establishment of temporary transit camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces as part of a widespread expulsion of “illegal” Afghan migrants.

Meanwhile, Pakistan officially launched a search operation to locate Afghan migrants without proper documents across the country.

Statistics reveal that Pakistan is home to over four million Afghan migrants, with approximately 1.7 million lacking residency documents.

The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations in Afghanistan reports the presence of over 120,000 Afghan migrants at border points, all forcibly expelled from Pakistan.

The situation underscores the magnitude of the Afghan migrant crisis and the actions being taken by both countries in response.

The issue remains a significant challenge for both Pakistan and Afghanistan, with implications for regional stability and humanitarian concerns.

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