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At Least 13 Afghan Nationals Released from Karachi Prisons

Afghanistan’s Consulate in Karachi announced that at least 13 Afghan citizens were released from Karachi prisons and transferred to the country through the Chaman border respectively.

The Afghan Consulate on Thursday, June 22, in a news release said that these detainees were released from District Malir Jail and Karachi Central Jail.

According to the statistics provided by the Afghan Consulate in Karachi, some 2,367 Afghan prisoners, including women and children have been released from various prisons in Sindh province and transferred to Afghanistan so far.

Recently, Pakistani police and other relevant agencies have resumed cracking down on Afghan refugees in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and other major cities of Pakistan. Over the past couple of days, police has arbitrarily detained and incarcerated hundreds of Afghan migrants for failing to provide legal stay permits or visas.

These arbitrary detentions and harassment prompted widespread criticism from human rights groups, refugee advocacy organizations and UNHCR both in Pakistan and Afghanistan respectively – calling on the Pakistani government to end harassing Afghan refugees and respect human rights, dignity and value.