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The protesters demonstrating in Chaman claim that no official has reached out to them for the last three months regarding their demand for a return to the previous system of 'Easement Right,' which permitted border crossings based on local identification.
Thousands of trucks are stranded at Torkham, the busiest frontier crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan, because of recently imposed visa restrictions on truck drivers, halting trade at the border. This has resulted in heavy financial losses.
The dawn of a new year is the dawn of new beginnings for many. But for thousands of Afghan refugee students, Pakistan's deportation policy is making sure the sun sets on their futures.
“I don’t know when this loop of displacement will end,” she says. “I was born in Iran during the Soviet Invasion. Today again I am a refugee.
When the Taliban came, Aimen lost any chance of going to college. Unable to continue her studies in Pakistan, she enrolled in a beautician training course at Rangeet Welfare Organization in the hopes of starting her own business some day.
Imran Deen Hamiri was tortured by the Taliban for standing up for civil rights and girls’ education in Afghanistan, and had to flee with his family for safety. He says that if they are deported, they will certainly be executed.
Balochistan Home Minister Zubair Jamali admits only the federal government has evidence of RAW’s involvement in the Mastung bomb blast, and that it has yet to share it with the provincial government. Critics say that such accusations without proof portray Pakistan as powerless against external threats.
At least 500 Afghans have been arrested by Karachi Police, 300 of whom are scheduled for deportation. Human rights lawyers say 70% of those arrested are legal migrants.
The Afghan Taliban regime rejects Pakistan’s allegations of TTP militants using Afghan soil to launch an offensive in Chitral. Meanwhile, Afghan journalists allege that the Taliban administration may be supporting TTP activities in Pakistan.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah says that Afghan Taliban has an intent to stop cross-border attacks by TTP but lacks capacity. The Afghan Taliban has proposed the relocation of TTP away from Pak-Afghan border areas.