Pakistan deports 712 Afghan migrants as crackdown continues

Deported migrants from Pakistan. File photo.

Pakistan deported 712 Afghan migrants on Saturday, June 1, as part of its ongoing campaign against undocumented immigrants, according to the Taliban-run Ministry of Refugees. This number marks a decrease from the 1,200 individuals expelled the previous day.

Among the deportees, 370 individuals entered Afghanistan through the Torkham crossing, while the remainder passed through the Spin Boldak border town in Kandahar province, the ministry reported.

Included in Saturday’s deportations were 12 Afghan nationals who had been released from Pakistani prisons.

In a separate statement, the ministry disclosed that 1,985 Afghan migrants either returned voluntarily or were deported from Iran on the same day.

These individuals entered Afghanistan via the Islam Qala border town in Herat province.

The ministry noted that among the returnees were 30 children without caretakers, who have since been referred to a non-governmental organization for support.

Pakistan initiated its deportation drive for undocumented Afghan immigrants in October 2023. Since then, over 600,000 Afghan nationals, many of whom had resided in Pakistan for decades, have been expelled.