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Pakistan deports over a hundred Afghan migrants

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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 the expulsion of over one hundred more Afghan citizens from Pakistan. This development comes amid a recent surge in deportations of Afghan migrants from Pakistan.

On Tuesday, the ministry disclosed that approximately 159 Afghan migrants had re-entered the country following their expulsion from Pakistan. These individuals had returned to Afghanistan on February 5th after being deported.

The ministry further stated that the mentioned migrants entered the country through the Torkham border crossing in Nangarhar province.

Recently, the expulsion of Afghan migrants from Pakistan has seen a significant increase, with the primary reason cited by Pakistani authorities being the lack of valid residency documents.

Furthermore, Pakistani officials assert that their decision to expedite the expulsion of Afghan migrants is driven by heightened security concerns within their nation. This security rationale has led them to accelerate the process of deporting Afghan migrants.

Despite facing substantial criticism from both national and international human rights organizations, Pakistani authorities have chosen to intensify the deportation process rather than heed the calls to halt it. They have reaffirmed their commitment to continuing this expulsion process, even after the upcoming general election in Pakistan.

This forced return of hundreds of thousands of Afghan migrants from Pakistan, which has been ongoing for several months now, has posed a severe humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

The winter season, combined with the massive influx of returning migrants from Pakistan and Iran, has made life incredibly challenging for them, leaving them worried about access to basic necessities and shelter.

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