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Pakistan's Afghan Deportation Crisis:A Humanitarian Quandary



  Oct 31, 2023

Afghan Deportation Crisis: An Unprecedented Crackdown in Pakistan



Context:

Pakistan is forcing 1.7 million Afghans, termed as illegal immigrants, to leave the country by November 1. The move comes amidst a growing anti-Afghan sentiment in Pakistan, which the government cites as a measure for the "welfare and security" of the nation.

Key Points:

Historical Background: Millions of Afghans have sought refuge in Pakistan over decades due to conflicts like the Soviet war.

Anti-Afghan Sentiment: Rising economic hardships and security issues have led to a shift in public opinion against Afghans in Pakistan.

Legal Status: While some Afghans have legal status, Pakistan claims 1.7 million are in the country illegally.

Human Rights Concerns: Advocacy groups and lawyers point to indiscriminate arrests and inhumane conditions as part of this forced eviction.

Impact on Afghans: Many Afghans, who consider Pakistan their home, are now in a state of fear and uncertainty.

International Implications:

The move could have severe consequences for already-struggling Afghanistan and may be criticized as a violation of human rights on an international scale.

Challenges Ahead:

Both countries are dealing with economic crises, making this a complicated issue that goes beyond just immigration policy.


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