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Pakistan halts deportation of Afghan migrants awaiting Western Visas

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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

Pakistani media outlets have reported that Pakistan’s Interior Minister emphasized during a meeting with Western diplomats that Pakistan is committed to addressing concerns regarding the deportation of migrants from the country.

Express Tribune reported on Tuesday, citing official sources in Pakistan, that migrants waiting for visas to Western countries will not be deported. According to reports, Pakistan’s Interior Minister has urged political representatives from Western nations to expedite the visa issuance process for Afghans slated to relocate to the West.

This development comes as Pakistani media outlets have disclosed that approximately 60,000 Afghan migrants have been expelled from various cities and regions of Pakistan in less than a month.

Around one month ago, Pakistani authorities ordered illegal migrants to leave the country by the end of October. It is worth noting that many of these Afghan migrants sought refuge in Pakistan due to security concerns, and some are being transferred through Pakistan to countries like Germany and Canada.

Pakistan’s decision to deport Afghan migrants and refugees has triggered criticism from human rights groups and activists, who express deep concerns about the safety of those escaping conflict and persecution in Afghanistan.

The deportation decision is particularly troubling because many Afghan migrants have sought refuge in Pakistan due to the security challenges in their home country. Pakistan has historically served as a sanctuary, offering respite from violence and instability. Sending them back to a war-torn nation where their lives are in jeopardy raises ethical and moral questions.

Human rights advocates are calling on Pakistan to reconsider its stance and prioritize the protection of Afghan migrants and refugees. They stress the importance of providing a haven and support by international humanitarian principles. The ongoing dialogue between Pakistan and the international community will be pivotal in determining the fate of these vulnerable individuals.

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