Taliban calls for ‘dignified return’ of Afghan migrants, criticizes Pakistan’s deportations

The Taliban has made a plea for the “dignified return” of Afghan migrants to Afghanistan, urging the United Nations and the international community to intervene and request that Pakistan cease its deportation of Afghan nationals.

In a video message, Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the Taliban’s chief minister, read a statement criticizing the treatment of Afghan immigrants by the Pakistani government. He emphasized that such treatment goes against “any law, neither in Islamic laws nor in human laws.”

Akhund suggested that if the Pakistani government and military have concerns about the Taliban’s rule, they should address these issues through dialogue and negotiations. He implored Pakistani officials and generals to stop persecuting immigrants and refrain from seizing their assets and personal property.

The Taliban official regarded Pakistan’s actions against immigrants as unreasonable and illogical, emphasizing that any issues with the Taliban should be resolved through peaceful means.

Simultaneously, Yaqub Mujahid, Taliban’s acting minister of defense, in an audio recording, denounced Pakistan’s treatment of migrants as cruel and warned that Pakistan should bear the consequences of its actions.

The response from the most senior Taliban officials came two days after the forced deportation of Afghan immigrants from Pakistan. Mujahid expressed deep concern over the perilous situation faced by Afghan immigrants in Pakistan.

On the other hand, some political experts believe that the Taliban may face challenges in managing the deported emigrants once they return to Afghanistan, potentially creating issues for the country.

Pakistani media reports indicate that thousands of Afghan refugees are returning to their homeland daily.

In a single day, nearly 24,000 refugees returned to Afghanistan, despite the fact that over the last two years, more than 600,000 Afghan citizens have sought refuge in Pakistan following the fall of the previous government. Human rights organizations have voiced concerns that many of these individuals may face risk from the Taliban upon their return to Afghanistan.