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Taliban calls on nations to not use Afghan refugees as ‘political tool’


Kabul: Amid the ongoing deportation of Afghan migrants from Pakistan, the Taliban urged the nations not to use Afghan immigrants as a ‘political tool’, according to TOLOnews. Taliban’s Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, criticized certain neighboring nations for deporting Afghan immigrants and urged them to deal with them lawfully. The remarks...

US official holds meeting in Pakistan to discuss Afghan deportation plan


Islamabad: A senior US Administration official dealing with refugees and migration, Julieta Valls Noyes, held a meeting with foreign secretary Cyrus Qazi and Pakistan’s special representative for Afghanistan, Ambassador Asif Durrani, The Express Tribune reported. According to the daily, the foreign office issued no press release, but Noyes shared on X with an image of her...

More than 400,000 Afghans have returned home from Pakistan: Officials


Islamabad: More than 400,000 Afghans returned to their home country following the ongoing crackdown on illegal foreigners in the country, Pakistani authorities said this week. Zabihullah Mujahid, chief spokesperson of the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan, confirmed the number and said that the majority have been using the border crossings of Torkham and Spin Boldak to...

Pakistan extending stay of nearly 1.4 mn Afghan refugees till 2023-end


Islamabad: Pakistan extended the legal residence of nearly 1.4 million Afghan refugees until the end of 2023 but said it would not stop deporting the Afghans it says are "undocumented". The development comes amid relentless international pressure calling for the relief of the refugee community living in Pakistan. "[The] government of Pakistan is pleased to extend...

Pakistan blames Kabul for expulsion of Afghans from the country


Islamabad: Afghanistan's failure to stop Pakistani militants operating from its soil was to blame for Islamabad expelling hundreds of thousands of Afghan migrants, Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said. Afghans were also deeply involved in suicide attacks and other clashes with Pakistan forces, Kakar told a news conference, adding there had been a huge rise in security...

Pakistan asks illegal Afghans to leave or face deportation


Islamabad: Hundreds of thousands of Afghans living illegally in Pakistan have been given until November 1 to leave voluntarily or face deportation, the interior minister said. The order comes as Pakistan grapples with a rise in attacks the government blames on terrorists operating from Afghanistan, a charge Kabul routinely denies. Around 1.3 million Afghans are registered...

4,559 Afghan refugees expelled from Iran, Pakistan: Taliban


New Delhi: The Taliban-led government in Kabul has claimed that 4,559 Afghan refugees were expelled from Iran and Pakistan in the last three days. In a statement on July 4, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) said that majority of the expelled refugees returned from Iran after a census conducted by the Tehran government, reports...

Chino Hills BAPS Hindu Mandir supports Afghan refugees for Ramadan


Since the crisis in Afghanistan unfolded last year, thousands of refugees have come to the Los Angeles area seeking asylum and a community for their families. In Los Angeles County, various government agencies and non-profit organizations have come together to form the ‘Los Angeles County Afghan Refugee Task Force’ to support Afghan refugees to...

Afghans overtake Syrians to become biggest asylum seekers in EU


New Delhi: Afghans lodged more than 17,000 asylum applications in the EU in September, up from 10,000 in August and nearly twice as many as Syrians. This made Afghanistan by far the main country of origin, which Syria had been for seven years until July, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) said. Total applications in the...