Refugees from Afghanistan continue to be arrested in Pakistan

The Taliban has urged Pakistan to stop arresting refugees from Afghanistan, stressing the matter could “adversely” impact bilateral relations between the two countries.

In a series of tweets, the Taliban-run Afghanistan embassy in Pakistan said that the apprehension of refugees in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and nearby areas continues.

According to the embassy, around 250 Afghanistan nationals – with Proof of Registration Card (PoR), Afghanistan ID cards, and passports holders – have been detained by Pakistan’s counter-terrorism department and other agencies in the last few days.

“Embassy [of the Taliban] is actively working towards clarifying the legal status of the detained Afghans and expediting their release,” the embassy tweeted.

“The Government of I.R of Pakistan is urged to cease the arrest of Afghan refugees and officially address its concerns, as it can adversely impact bilateral relations between the two nations,” the embassy added.

The development comes as Pakistan police arrested hundreds of refugees in Islamabad and Rawalpindi cities.

Following the collapse of Afghanistan to the Taliban, hundreds of thousands of Afghan citizens fled to Pakistan.