On October 31, 2023, millions of Afghans returned to Taliban rule as Pakistan moved to expel 1.7 million Afghans who had been living in the country as refugees since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
The expulsion of the Afghan refugees from Pakistan is a major humanitarian crisis. Many of the refugees have been living in Pakistan for decades and have no homes or families to return to in Afghanistan. The expulsion is also likely to exacerbate the economic crisis in Afghanistan, as many of the refugees are skilled workers who have been contributing to the Pakistani economy.
The international community has expressed deep concern about the expulsion of the Afghan refugees from Pakistan. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has called on Pakistan to halt the expulsions and to allow the refugees to stay in the country until they can return to Afghanistan in safety and dignity.
The US government has also called on Pakistan to halt the expulsions. The US State Department has said that the expulsions are “inhumane” and that they will “create a humanitarian crisis.”
The Pakistani government has defended its decision to expel the Afghan refugees. The government has said that it is facing its own economic challenges and that it cannot afford to continue hosting the refugees. The government has also said that the refugees are a security risk and that they are contributing to crime and terrorism in Pakistan.
The expulsion of the Afghan refugees from Pakistan is a major setback for the Afghan people. It is also a major challenge for the international community, which must now work to help the refugees and to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.