Deadline for exit of Afghan citizens from Pakistan ends. Out of 17 lakh, only 63 thousand Afghans reached their country, tension is sure to increase
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There are about 17 lakh Afghan citizens in Pakistan. Till October 31, only 63 thousand of these citizens could return to Afghanistan.
The deadline for Afghan citizens living in Pakistan to leave Pakistan ended on October 31. According to media reports, so far 63 thousand Afghan citizens have gone back to their country. According to the Government of Pakistan, 17 lakh Afghans live in Pakistan and most of them are living illegally.
Afghanistan’s Taliban government and human rights organizations have opposed this move of Pakistan. The Taliban had said last month that if Pakistan took unilateral action, it would increase tension between the two countries.
In September, the caretaker government of Pakistan had given time till October 31 to Afghan citizens living in the country illegally to leave the country. The remaining people will now be arrested and forcibly sent to Afghanistan.
This scene is of October 27 at Torkham border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Countless Afghans are returning to their country.
Three times more people are coming back
While talking to news agency ‘Reuters’ on October 26, Afghan Minister Abdul Mutaleb Haqqani had said – Afghan citizens living in Pakistan keep returning to the country, but now this figure has tripled.
Sohrab Goth area of Karachi has the highest number of Afghan settlements. Azizullah, an operator, said – Migration is happening on such a large scale that we have a shortage of buses.
The caretaker government, which failed to bring Pakistan’s deteriorating economy back on track, accused Afghan citizens of smuggling dollars. (file)
Why did Pakistan take this step?
- In September, Pakistani newspaper ‘Dawn News’ quoted the Home Ministry as saying – This year the number of suicide attacks in the country has increased rapidly. Investigation of most of the cases found that Afghan citizens were involved or suspected to be involved.
- The surprising thing is that Pakistan has not provided any evidence of a single suicide attack in which any Afghan citizen was involved. The Taliban government of Afghanistan had also raised the same issue.
- The Taliban government had termed Pakistan’s decision as arbitrary and one-sided and said – Pakistan is blaming us for its failures. The situation is already tense on Torkham and Chaman border. Now it cannot be said to what extent it will go. Pakistan will be responsible for this.
- The caretaker government, which failed to bring Pakistan’s deteriorating economy back on track, accused Afghan citizens of smuggling dollars. Due to this inflation is increasing in Pakistan. They were also accused of arms and drugs smuggling.
The Taliban government had termed this decision of Pakistan as arbitrary and one-sided and said – Pakistan is blaming us for its failures. (file)
What will happen after the deadline is over
- The Pakistan government had already made it clear that if the Afghans living in Pakistan illegally do not return to their country by October 31, then strict action will be taken. According to Pakistan’s newspaper ‘The Express Tribune’, from November 1, Pakistan government, intelligence agencies and army will do two things. First- Afghans living illegally will be identified and arrested. Second- These people will be kept in temporary camps built on the Afghan border and then forcibly sent to the Afghan border.
- An officer posted on the Torkham border between Pakistan and Afghanistan told ‘Arab News’ – These forced Afghan men, women and children are leaving Pakistan in different vehicles like animals. At least 10 thousand people crossed the border on October 30. These people do not need any passport or document.
According to the Home Ministry of Pakistan, suicide attacks have increased rapidly in the country. Most involve or are suspected to be Afghan citizens. (file)
Girls face the most problems
- The Taliban government of Afghanistan has completely banned girls’ education. Pakistan launched another attack on this helplessness of Afghan girls. According to the report of ‘Arab World’, there were schools for Afghan children in Islamabad, Karachi and some other cities of the country. These have been closed.
- A 14 year old Afghan girl said – I will stay in Pakistan as long as I can. I can study here. This is not possible in Afghanistan. My father told me- Even if Pakistan police arrests me, you should not leave Pakistan. Life will become hell there.
According to the report of ‘Arab World’, there were schools for Afghan children in Islamabad, Karachi and some other cities of the country. These have been closed long ago. (file)
The pain of this matter was felt even in the World Cup
On 23 October, a league match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 was played between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Afghanistan defeated Pakistan for the first time. Opener Ibrahim Zadran, who scored 87 runs, became the ‘Player of the Match’.
After receiving the award, Ibrahim said- I give this award in the name of those Afghan people who are being forcibly sent to Afghanistan from Pakistan. However, after this statement of Zadran, there was a lot of political uproar in Pakistan. Many people said that Ibrahim was cashing in the World Cup victory politically.
On October 23, Afghanistan defeated Pakistan in a World Cup match. ‘Player of the Match’ Ibrahim Zadran dedicated the award to the Afghan people who are being forcibly expelled from Pakistan. (file)
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