Malala condemns Pakistan’s continued deportation of Afghan refugees

Malala Yousafzai, the renowned education activist, has expressed deep concern over Pakistan’s deportation of Afghan migrants, warning that sending them back to Afghanistan under Taliban rule is “perilous”.

In a series of posts on X, Yousafzai highlighted the dire situation for Afghan women and girls. “Forcing Afghans out of Pakistan to suffer under the Taliban’s brutal oppression is extremely dangerous,” she wrote. “I am deeply concerned about the impact on the most vulnerable, especially women and girls.”

Yousafzai described the Taliban’s regime as a “system of gender apartheid,” where women and girls face severe abuse and threats. She pointed out that girls are prohibited from attending school beyond grade six, which has devastating consequences for their futures. “Their safety and rights must be prioritized,” she emphasized.

The activist urged the Pakistani government to reconsider its deportation policy to protect Afghan women and girls from Taliban oppression. She also called on authorities to ensure that Afghan girls remaining in Pakistan have access to safe education.

Since the Taliban’s return to power, tens of thousands of Afghans have fled their homeland due to the suspension of girls’ education above grade six, widespread poverty, and severe security threats.