KABUL: The protest of Afghan refugees in Pakistan is still on track with the slogan “Save us.”
They called on the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the international community generally to respond positively to their asylum applications.
“Due to the war in Ukraine, the world has forgotten Afghanistan; not only the issue of Afghans in Pakistan but the focus on Afghans in all third countries has stopped,” said Safiullah Sultani, a protesting refugee.
“So far, no country that provides asylum for the refugees, not even the United Nations, has paid attention to the problems of Afghans refugees,” refugee Abdul Sami Khatibi said.
Meanwhile, a number of Afghan refugees in Iran say that the census process in that country has created challenges for them.
“Some of the refugees are concerned that after six months they will deport us and say we are not taking the census sheets,” said Latifa Stanekzai, Afghan refugee.
“So far, over 1.5 million refugees have been identified and this process continues until July,” said Naqibullah Mazlumyar, an Afghan refugee.
“Unfortunately, appropriate measures have not been taken to address this issue, and this has created challenges for census offices and immigrants,” said Dr. Mohammadzai, a Afghan refugee.
The Islamic Emirate acknowledged the challenge of Afghan immigrants abroad and said it will resolve the challenges through diplomatic channels.
“Officials of the Islamic Emirate are in contact with all countries, especially Iran and Pakistan, to resolve the problems of Afghan refugees through diplomacy,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
After the Islamic Emirate swept into power, thousands of Afghans– due to several reasons– sought to flee the country with many of them crossing to the neighboring countries.
Protests of Afghan Refugees Continues in Islamabad