Afghanistan: Afghan refugees are being mistreated in Pakistan, 100 detained arbitrarily

Afghanistan: Afghan Refugee Council official in Pakistan claimed that Pakistani police have arbitrarily detained 100 refugees in Karachi. About three million Afghans live in Pakistan. Meanwhile, Pakistan's acting Interior Minister Sarfaraz Bugti urged Afghan refugees to return to Afghanistan. Zaheer Bahand, a journalist, claimed that Afghan immigrants are suffering from mental health issues.

Sep 12, 2023 - 11:21
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Afghanistan: Afghan refugees are being mistreated in Pakistan, 100 detained arbitrarily

The condition of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan is going from bad to worse. A report has claimed that Pakistan police are mistreating Afghan refugees.

Afghan Refugee Council officials in Pakistan claimed that Pakistani police have arbitrarily detained 100 refugees in Karachi. According to Afghanistan-based Tolo News, tension has increased between Kabul and Islamabad for some time.

Mir Ahmed Rauf, head of the Taliban-led Afghan Refugee Council in Pakistan, said, 'Police have imposed heavy fines on Afghan refugees. They have taken action on the pretext of illegal migration. This is a big concern. Faizullah Turk, an Afghan refugee, claimed that police in Karachi detained more than 100 refugees on Monday.

“We call on all host countries to treat Afghans humanely and provide them with the rights stipulated for them based on international laws,” Abdul Mutalib Haqqani, a spokesman for the Taliban-led Refugee and Repatriation Ministry, was quoted as saying by Tolo News report. Are.' Earlier this month, Afghan refugees in Pakistan criticized delays in immigration cases and accused the Pakistani military of mistreating them for the past two years, Tolo News reported.

Refugee rights activist Bahija Sadat has alleged that Pakistan is using Afghan refugees as an 'economic and political tool'. Tolo News quoted Bahija Sadat as saying that to solve the problem of Afghan refugees, the Afghan government needs to talk with the host countries and the international community.

According to the Taliban-led Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, about three million Afghans live in Pakistan. Meanwhile, Pakistan's acting Interior Minister Sarfaraz Bugti has urged Afghan refugees to return to Afghanistan. Bugti said that Pakistan is working on a plan in this regard. Based on this scheme, all the illegal refugees who are in Pakistan, no matter which country they belong to, have been warned and will be sent back to their country.

Zaheer Bahand, a journalist, claimed that Afghan immigrants are suffering from mental health issues. If the international community does not pay attention to their cases, a major humanitarian disaster will occur in Pakistan. Malik Awal Khan Miyakhail, head of migrants in the South Zone Council, said, 'Immigrants are facing many problems as they do not have immigration cards and the army takes them into custody.'

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer