AAN in Media

Is Pakistan punishing refugees for Afghanistan’s friendship with India?


IRIN, 23 December 2016

The news agency has put Jelena Bjelica’s AAN dispatch about the return of many Afghan refugees from Pakistan and its background(s) into its picks of the week:

Pakistan has historically been a refuge for millions of Afghans who fled war over the past few decades. But the government pushed more than 500,000 refugees back over the border during the second half of 2016. This happened just as Afghanistan was forging closer relations with India, Pakistan’s archenemy. Coincidence? The author of this report from the Afghanistan Analysts Network thinks not. “Unhappiness at the flourishing India-Afghanistan friendship has translated into open hostility towards Afghan refugees,” it says. Pakistan has eased off its pressure on refugees for the time being, but it plans to start mass deportations in March if they don’t all leave by then. This is happening at the same time as Iran is also pushing Afghans back, while increasing conflict has displaced record numbers of people internally. For more on Afghanistan’s migration crisis, see our in-depth page.

The dispatch is also linked through Relief Web.

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