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Pakistan says 1.45 million Afghan refugees can keep for one more 12 months

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A employee from the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), together with cops, speaks to an Afghan citizen whereas checking id playing cards, throughout a door-to-door search and verification drive for undocumented Afghan nationals, in an Afghan Camp on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan, November 21, 2023. File
| Photo Credit: Reuters

Pakistan introduced on July 10 that it’s extending the keep of 1.45 million Afghan refugees who legally reside within the nation, a day after a go to by the U.N. refugee company.

Afghan refugees with correct documentation will have the ability to stay in Pakistan till June 30, 2025, based on a press release issued by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s workplace. On Tuesday, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urged Pakistani authorities to increase the validity of their registration playing cards — important id paperwork.

The earlier keep extension issued by Pakstna’s authorities was up on June 30, inflicting huge uncertainty and concern they could get repatriated.

The determination got here following a extensively criticised anti-migrant crackdown that began final 12 months focusing on anybody with out legitimate documentation no matter nationality, based on Pakistani authorities, forcing an estimated 6,00,000 Afghans to return house. However, the clampdown has seemingly been placed on maintain, with out authorities providing a proof.

After wrapping up his three-day go to through which he met Afghan refugees and Pakistani officers, Mr. Grandi issued a press release, expressing his appreciation that the repatriation of undocumented individuals has been suspended.

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There was no affirmation from Pakistan that the crackdown has in truth been halted.

U.N. companies have decried the compelled expulsion of Afghans from Pakistan, saying it might result in extreme human rights violations — together with the separation of households and deportation of minors. Although Pakistan had been routinely deporting Afghans who got here right here with out legitimate paperwork lately, the continuing crackdown is unprecedented in scale

Pakistan has lengthy hosted an estimated 1.7 million Afghans, most of whom fled throughout the 1979-1989 Soviet occupation of their nation. More than half one million others escaped Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover in 2021, with 1000’s ready for resettlement within the United States and elsewhere.

The undocumented Afghans are separate from refugees who’re registered with the authorities and the UNHCR, although the crackdown has raised issues amongst refugee communities as properly.

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