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Pakistani Police Arrest Afghan Nationals as Crackdown on Immigrants Intensifies

HeadlineNov 01, 2023

Pakistani police have started arresting Afghans as part of a nationwide crackdown on immigrants. Over 4 million Afghans live in Pakistan; Islamabad says nearly 2 million of them are undocumented. Tens of thousands of Afghans were forced to return to Afghanistan in the last month, since Pakistani authorities threatened them with mass deportation if they did not leave by November 1, today. Many Afghans, who’ve called Pakistan home for decades, fear having to live under Taliban rule and say they have nothing to go back to in Afghanistan.

Afghan immigrant: “We are helpless. We have nothing in our homeland. No home, nowhere to go. For the past two days we have been waiting here, but no one is doing anything about our crossing over. What should we do? Now that we have come here, we should at least be allowed to cross over.”

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