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Peshawar High Court halts deportation of Afghan artists and transgender individuals

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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 Peshawar High Court has ordered the police not to deport Afghan artists from Pakistan until their immigration cases are resolved.

Previously, some Afghan artists in Pakistan had approached the Peshawar High Court seeking political asylum.

These artists, who lack legal residency documents in Pakistan, had requested the court to prevent their deportation from the country.

The plaintiffs, represented by a lawyer for the Afghan artists, submitted their asylum requests to the Peshawar High Court, asking for permission to remain in Pakistan until their fate is determined.

Judge Ejaz Anwar and Judge Waqar Ahmad listened to the difficulties faced by these artists in Pakistan and reviewed their asylum applications.

The plaintiffs’ lawyer also stated during the hearing that these artists had submitted asylum requests to the UN Refugee Agency but were being harassed due to their lack of legal residency documents in Pakistan.

The Peshawar High Court postponed the hearing of these artists’ cases to the next session but instructed the authorities not to deport them from Pakistan until their cases were resolved.

This situation arose as some Afghan artists fled to Pakistan and Iran after the Taliban took over in August 2021. The Taliban, upon taking control of Afghanistan, banned musical instruments, singing, and listening to music.

Many Afghan artists fled to neighboring countries out of fear of prosecution and torture by the Taliban. Without legal residency documents, these artists face deportation but are unwilling to return to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan remains dire, with widespread poverty, food insecurity, and lack of basic services. The Taliban’s restrictive policies have led to significant human rights violations, particularly against women and ethnic groups. This crisis is compounded by limited access to international aid and resources.

Additionally, the forced deportation of Afghan refugees from neighboring countries exacerbates the current situation. Many refugees face harsh conditions and legal uncertainties in their host countries.

Returning to Afghanistan under Taliban rule poses severe risks, including persecution, lack of livelihood opportunities, and potential violence. The international community has been urged to provide more support and protection for these vulnerable populations.

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