Balochistan’s caretaker minister for information, Jan Achakzai, said that all illegal refugees from Afghanistan will be expelled from Pakistan by January 2024.
Achakzai said that currently Afghanistan has become safe and Afghan immigrants should return to their country.
Some Afghan refugees in Pakistan who have legal documents are worried about their unclear future in that country.
Two weeks have passed since the deadline of the interim government of Pakistan to deport illegal refugees from that country, and now Balochistan’s caretaker information minister said that they will deport all Afghan refugees from this country by January 2024.
Achakzai added that now Afghanistan is safe and the refugees must return to their country.
"The government's effort is to send all the illegal refugees who are in Pakistan to their country by January, after that we will determine the time for the rest of the Afghans who are in Pakistan as well. Because the war is over in Afghanistan now and all Afghans should return to their homes,” said Jan Achakzai, Balochistan’s Information Minister.
On the other hand, some refugees who live legally in Pakistan are worried about their bright future and ask international organizations and authorities in Kabul and Islamabad to work to end the challenges of refugees.
"We say that they should make their policy clear. Afghan refugees have business in Pakistan and their accounts are left with Pakistani brothers and the policy should be clear to Pakistani brothers regarding Afghan refugees," said Malik Awal Khan, a representative of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
"Two weeks have passed since the deadline and the expelling process of Afghan refugees who do not have legal cards and documents is still continuing," said Malik Mujahid Shenwari, an Afghan refugee in Pakistan.
At the same time, the Consul General of the Islamic Emirate in Karachi, Pakistan emphasized that the process of arresting and the ill-treatment of Afghan refugees is continuing in Pakistan, and some families who have legal documents have also decided to return to the country.
"The police arrest Afghans anytime they want and ask them to give their money and harass them although these problems have now been reduced a little, but not completely,” said Abdul Jabar Takhari, the consulate of the Islamic Emirate in Karachi, Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Zabihullah Mujahid said that Pakistan should treat refugees who have legal documents in accordance with international migration law and stop misbehaving with illegal refugees.
The World Health Organization has expressed concern about the risk of spreading diseases, the transmission of the Covid-19 virus and polio during the process of the return of refugees to Afghanistan, and has requested $10 million dollars to provide health services to 700,000 refugees who have returned to Afghanistan.