Nine Afghan citizens released from Pakistani prisons

Nine Afghan citizens have been released from prisons in Pakistan’s Sindh province, according to the Taliban consulate in Karachi.

The consulate announced on X that among those freed was a child.

The individuals were reunited with their families on Friday.

The consulate reported that the individuals were arrested by Pakistani police in the Machako area for possessing expired refugee cards as they attempted to enter Karachi.

Pakistan recently began the second phase of its deportation plan, which requires 800,000 Afghan citizens to leave the country.

The mass deportation of Afghan refugees by Pakistan has raised concerns among human rights defenders and women’s rights activists, who cite the threats posed by the Taliban to women and girls in Afghanistan.