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Pakistan deports over 200 Afghan nationals

The administration in Chaman said no arrangements were made so far to welcome Afghan refugees to Pakistan.

Published: 08th September 2021 12:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th September 2021 12:01 PM   |  A+A-

Security officials examine the site of suicide bombing in a checkpoint on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan.

Security officials examine the site of suicide bombing in a checkpoint on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan. (Photo | AP)

By PTI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has deported over 200 Afghan nationals, including women and children, after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, according to a media report on Wednesday.

They crossed into Pakis­tan from different points and reached Chaman and stayed at a railway station there for a few days, but the authorities of the border town did not allow them to stay further there, the Dawn newspaper reported.

Subsequently, the Afghan nationals belonging to Kunduz province mana­g­­ed to reach Quetta two days ago and chose a place in Baleli, a locality in the outskirts of the provincial capital.

However, the authorities there also did not allow them to stay in Quetta.

They took them into custody and sent them back to their country via Chaman on Tuesday, the report said.

The over 200 Afghan nationals included women and children, it said.

"These Afghan families were deported to Afghanis­tan as they entered Pakistan illegally," Quetta Division Commissioner Sohail-ur-Rehman Baloch was quoted as saying by the report.

Until the government gave permission for their stay, all Afghan nationals ent­­­ering Pakistan illegally would be sent back, he added.

Pakistan is not allowing Afghan citizens to enter the country without legal documents, including visa.

The administration in Chaman said no arrangements were made so far to welcome Afghan refugees to Pakistan.

The Afghan refugees' organisation and UNHCR are also yet to make arrangements for accommodating Afghan refugees in any area of Balochistan.

However, some Afghan families have reportedly entered Noshki district from Helmand province of Afghanistan.

Pakistan, which already has about 3 million Afghans staying in the country, has recently said that it is not in a position to accept more refugees.
 



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