Thousands of Afghan refugees have returned via Spin Boldak crossing over the last month as since Pakistan's increasing repressive measures against Afghans, local officials in Kandahar told TOLOnews.
Some of the returnees said that they have been tortured and mistreated by the Pakistani police over the past two-months.
Abdul Matin, a resident of Spin Boldak, said that he had taken a family member who was ill to Quetta in Pakistan for medical treatment but was detained. Abdul Matin said that he lost the vision of one eye after he was harshly beaten by the Pakistani police.
“I was walking when I turned my face, they punched me in the eye from behind. They were dragging me and said go back to the Chaman area (crossing). I told them, "how can I go back to Chaman, you get the water out of my eye,” he said.
The Afghan refugees who returned from Pakistan said that the detention of Afghans in Pakistan has significantly increased in the recent months.
“They were oppressing us. They were knocking on doors and would storm into the houses,” said Abdullah, a returnee.
The officials in Kandahar said that around 6,600 Afghan refugees have returned to the country through Spin Boldak crossing. At least 240 of them were detained by Pakistan before being deported to Afghanistan.
“The conditions of our refugees in Pakistan have deteriorated. They are being deported by the Pakistani government and their houses are being raided,” Agha said.
This comes as Pakistan has recently detained scores of Afghan refugees with many of them suffering from severe health conditions in the country’s prisons.