Pakistani safety forces have taken motion to arrest and deport Afghans who’re within the nation with out papers. Dozens of persons are being despatched again after a government-set deadline for departure handed.
The crackdown on undocumented migrants primarily impacts some two million Afghans dwelling in Pakistan with out papers, though the federal government says it’s concentrating on all undocumented or unregistered foreigners.
The marketing campaign has drawn widespread criticism from United Nations companies, rights teams and the Taliban-led authorities in Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s inside minister mentioned 64 Afghans had been arrested, detained and deported on Wednesday.
“In the present day we mentioned goodbye to 64 Afghan nationals as they started their journey dwelling,” interim Inside Minister Sarfraz Bugti wrote on X, previously often called Twitter. “This motion is a testomony to Pakistan’s willpower to repatriate people residing within the nation with out correct documentation.”
Hundreds of refugees had been crammed into vans and buses on Tuesday, heading to the 2 most important border crossings to return dwelling to keep away from arrest and compelled deportation.
There are greater than two million undocumented Afghans in Pakistan, no less than 600,000 of whom fled after the Taliban took energy in 2021, in response to UN companies.
Relations between Pakistan and the Taliban-led authorities in Afghanistan have grow to be tense over the previous two years attributable to elevated assaults by the Pakistani Taliban, a separate militant group linked to the Afghan Taliban.