Taliban To Afghan Refugees: The Taliban’s deputy minister for refugees, Abdul Rahman Rashid, has urged Afghan refugees to avoid participating in demonstrations held in Iran and Pakistan. Khama Press reported that a Taliban representative said in a video message released on 23 November that “the demonstrations are their (Iran and Pakistan’s) domestic affairs, their people are protesting, don’t waste your lives.”
Abdul Rehman Rashid said that these protests are internal issues of the respective countries and Afghan citizens should not participate in them. Let us tell you that the Taliban’s call for Afghan refugees has come at a time when Iranian citizens have been holding nationwide protests across Iran for several weeks. Demonstrations in Iran started after the death of Mahsa Amini.
’40 foreign nationals arrested’
The widespread protests sparked by Amini’s death are one of the biggest challenges facing the Iranian government and leadership since the 1979 revolution. However, till now the Iranian government has not talked about the participation of Afghan migrants in the demonstrations. On Tuesday, Iran’s judiciary announced that the Iranian government has arrested 40 foreign nationals in connection with the country’s recent protests. However, the judiciary has not given more details about the identity of those arrested.
so many Afghan refugees living in Iran
According to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 3.4 million Afghan immigrants – about two million of them undocumented – lived in Iran before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, Khama Press reported. However, the UNHCR said hundreds of thousands of Afghans fled to Iran after the Taliban took over Afghanistan last August.
Situation like Iran in Pakistan too
Meanwhile, Pakistan is also in turmoil due to political instability following the ouster of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Khama Press reported that his supporters also organized protests similar to those in Iran. An attempt was made to kill the former Prime Minister of Pakistan on 6 November. after surviving the shooting Imran Khan When he recovered, he decided to start the protest march again.
The UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates that there are now 1.3 million Afghan immigrants living legally in Pakistan. Khama Press reported that hundreds of thousands of Afghan immigrants are also believed to be living there irregularly.