South Asia

US officials to visit Pakistan amidst Afghan deportation concerns

In the wake of Pakistan’s recent expulsion of undocumented Afghan migrants, three key US officials are scheduled to visit the country in succession to address the issue.

The delegation is expected to engage with the Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar-led caretaker government and high-ranking military officials.

Citing insider information, Pakistani media sources revealed that the visiting US officials plan to hold discussions with Pakistani leadership on the sensitive matter of repatriating Afghan refugees. However, the Foreign Office spokesperson, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, refrained from disclosing the specific purpose of their visit.

Foreign Office spokesperson Baloch confirmed the arrival of US Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration, Julieta Valls Noyes, on a three-day visit starting Monday. Following this, US Special Representative on Afghanistan, Tom West, is expected to land in the capital on Thursday, and US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Elizabeth Horst, will conclude the sequence with an arrival on December 09.

Baloch stated that Pakistan and the United States would sustain consultations on a variety of issues, with reciprocal visits playing a crucial role in advancing these discussions.

“These visits are part of an ongoing dialogue with the US, addressing various issues, including but not limited to the evolving situation in Afghanistan,” she remarked in the context of the upcoming diplomatic engagements.