Afghanistan

Over 12,000 Afghan migrants ‘forcibly deported’ from Pakistan: Statement

More than 12,000 immigrants have been “forcibly” deported from Pakistan to Afghanistan through the Spin Boldak and Torkham border crossings over the past week, according to a Taliban statement on Saturday.

The statement further outlined that these deportations encompass 1,330 families, comprising a minimum of 8,000 individuals, and included 110 people who were released from Pakistani prisons.

Specifically, on October 24, 4,369 of these migrants were “forcibly” expelled from Pakistan through the Torkham crossing.

It’s noteworthy that Pakistan’s deadline for the forced deportation of Afghan citizens residing in the country is set to expire in two days.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International issued a statement on Saturday, raising concerns over more than 1.4 million undocumented Afghan refugees facing imminent deportation from Pakistan. This follows Pakistan’s government imposing a November 1 deadline for these refugees to exit the country.

Amnesty International considers this move to be a violation of the refugees’ human rights, raising significant apprehensions regarding their safety, well-being, and access to basic services. The organization has called for the immediate reversal of this decision and urged Pakistan to adhere to international human rights law.