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When they first came to Pakistan, transgender Afghan refugees thought they were safe from the clutches of the Taliban. Now, amidst mass deportations of undocumented migrants, they can already feel the noose around their necks tightening every day.
Afghans in one of D. I. Khan’s largest refugee camp face the harrowing reality of police harassment, threat of deportation, and the struggle for dignity as Pakistan intensifies its crackdown on illegal migrants.
Zainab and Rahima’s sole source of income are the carpets they and their family weave by hand. Not only did they face starvation due to the Taliban’s ban on women participating in trade, as Hazara Shias, they are also in the crosshairs of ISIS back in Afghanistan. If deported, Pakistan will have signed off on their death warrants.
November 15, 2023: Olus Yar Khan Achakzai, the spokesperson of the protest says that the government has already announced that the refugees must leave by November, but that the refugees must be treated under international law and convention.
The protest against the imposition of passport conditions at the Chaman-Span-Boldak crossing point has been ongoing for 17 days now. Meanwhile, the media has been prohibited from covering the protest or shedding light on the demands of the protestors.
Zakia, originally from Afghanistan's Loghar province, has been living in Pakistan since 2014 with her three sons and a daughter. As she contemplates returning to Afghanistan, Zakia is haunted by the traumatic events that forced her to flee—her husband's and her young son's abduction by the Taliban.
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.
Around 200 Afghan pushcart vendors have been left in the lurch after an anti-encroachment drive in Board Bazar. Meanwhile, the district admin says they are considering plans for a model bazaar.
114 refugee musicians have petitioned the Peshawar High Court against the forced repatriation of Afghan nationals in light of the threats they face back at home.
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 By Xari Jalil LAHORE Tuesday evening's raid by the Islamabad police on the office of a think tank where a discussion program was...