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Pakistani Human Rights activists condemn 2nd round of Afghan refugee expulsion

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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

More than 300 human rights activists, civil society members, university professors, and Pakistani lawyers condemned Pakistan’s decision for the second round of Afghan refugees’ expulsion from the country. These activists have labeled the Pakistani government’s decision towards migrants as “inhumane and unlawful.”

313 Pakistani activists have signed the statement, demanding a halt to the forced expulsion of Afghan migrants and arguing that the courts should decide the matter.

These activists, on Friday, April 5th, began the second round of Afghan refugee expulsion, stating it contradicts Pakistan’s constitutional laws and violates several international laws.

The statement mentioned that the Pakistani government has compiled a list of 800,000 Afghan migrants with immigration cards and plans to expel them within two weeks after April 15.

The activists stated that they have approached the Supreme Court of Pakistan to prevent the illegal expulsion of legal Afghan migrants, but the court has remained silent.

They claimed that despite Pakistan signing several international conventions regarding migrants, it has reneged on its international commitments.

Pakistan’s previous and interim governments took up the plan of expelling Afghan migrants due to increased insecurity in the country. Now, the government of Shehbaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, is overseeing the second round of Afghan refugee expulsion on 15th April.

In the initial expulsion phase, Pakistan deported more than 500,000 Afghan migrants. Despite this significant number, reports indicate that there are still over 1.1 million Afghans residing in Pakistan without proper documentation. This highlights the complex challenge of managing Afghan migration in the country.

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