AT Kabul: The Supreme Court of Pakistan is set to decide on December 1st regarding the admissibility of a petition challenging the caretaker government’s decision to deport illegal Afghan nationals. The petition, filed by former PPP senator Farhatullah Babar through his counsel Umer Ijaz Gilani, will be examined by a bench led by Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, with Justice Yahya Afridi and Justice Ayesha Malik also part of the panel, as reported by Dawn news outlet.
The joint petition represents a collective effort by individuals, including Farhatullah Babar, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed, Amina Masood Janjua, Mohsin Dawar, Mohammad Jibran Nasir, Syed Muaz Shah, Pastor Ghazala Parveen, Imaan Zainab Mazari, Ahmad Shabbar, Advocate Imran Shafiq, Luke Victor, Sijal Shafiq, and Rohail Kasi.
The petition challenges the legality and humanity of the decision to deport Afghan immigrants who have resided in Pakistan for several decades. It argues that the federal government should be compelled to allow the UNHCR and its partner organizations to register, expedite the processing, and make decisions on all asylum-seeking applications in Pakistan.
As the Supreme Court takes up this matter, the decision holds significant implications for the fate of Afghan nationals facing deportation, raising questions about the legal basis and human rights considerations underlying the government’s actions.