• Sat. Jun 15th, 2024

Over 165,000 Afghans Flee Pakistan as Deadline for Deportation Looms

More than 165,000 Afghans have fled Pakistan since the Pakistani government ordered 1.7 million people to leave or face arrest and deportation. The majority rushed to the border in the days leading up to the November 1 deadline, with police opening holding centers to detain those arrested. Afghan authorities have been overwhelmed as they attempt to process the returnees, some of whom have never set foot in Afghanistan before.

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The Taliban’s refugees minister called on Pakistani authorities to allow Afghans to return with dignity and not make more enemies. The expulsion of undocumented Afghans has support from many Pakistanis, who see it as necessary to relieve the burden on the country’s infrastructure.

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