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UN voices concern over detention of Afghan refugees in Pakistan


Kabul: The United Nations Refugee Agency says that it is deeply concerned by the reports and pictures of Afghan refugees in Pakistani prisons, especially in the city of Karachi.

“UNHCR is extremely concerned to see images and reports of the arrest and detention of Afghan refugees in Sindh province, particularly Karachi. Irrespective of their status, children and families should not be behind bars,” United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) mission in Pakistan said on Twitter on Thursday.

Pakistan’s National Human Rights Commission has announced that at least 139 Afghan women and 165 children are being held in Karachi’s women’s prison along with other criminals.

Many of these people, who had traveled to Karachi for treatment, were detained by the Pakistani police because they did not have a visa.

Pakistani officials say that the detainees will be returned to Afghanistan after serving their sentences or when their release papers are completed by their lawyers.

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