1,500 Afghan Refugees Are Detained in Pakistan, Says Afghan Embassy
Around 1,500 Afghan refugees are still kept in detention centers and jails in Pakistan, according to Afghanistan’s Embassy in Islamabad which is currently operating under the Taliban. The embassy added that 500 detainees have been released so far.
Efforts are underway to release the remaining detainees as well, the Embassy said in a tweet thread on Sunday night, December 18.
The Embassy went further on to say that the Taliban diplomats have engaged with Pakistani officials on this issue and received assurances to resolve the problems of Afghan refugees in the country.
Most Afghan refugees, including women and children, are said to have been detained for not having legal documents to stay in Pakistan.
In an open letter to Shahbaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, has recently expressed concern about the lives and safety of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
Agnes Callamard wrote that she is more concerned about the lives and safety of Afghan refugees who have reached Pakistan since the Taliban returned to power in August 2021.