Pakistani officials have recently announced that more than 600,000 Afghan citizens have shifted to Pakistan in the past two years after the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan.
According to official estimates, 600,000 Afghans seeking asylum have arrived in the country since the Taliban returned to power, UN High Commissioner for Refugees spokesman Qaiser Khan Afridi told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
However, the spokesperson of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Islamabad said: “In addition to the new arrival, Pakistan hosts 1.3 million Afghan refugees who are holding the Proof of Registration Cards issued by the government”.
On the other hand, Mr. Afridi stated that over the past two years, more than 16,000 Afghans have returned to Afghanistan through the UNHCR-facilitated voluntary repatriation program.
“UNHCR is in talks with Pakistani authorities about extending the registration cards of Afghan refugees,” Afridi underlined, adding that they are hopeful for a positive outcome on this issue.
Meanwhile, the Interior Minister of Pakistan recently announced that the country’s government has decided to take “strong measures against illegal immigrants” in that country.
Nonetheless, before this, the Pakistani police had arrested dozens of Afghan immigrants who had legal documents in that country.