The busiest border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan has remained closed
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported that over 500,000 Afghans have fled Pakistan in the four months since Islamabad issued orders for undocumented migrants to leave or face arrest. The UN migration agency’s latest figures cover the period from September 15, 2023, to January 13, 2024. Despite a decrease since the peak around November 1, the number of individuals crossing official border points remains higher than pre-September 15, according to an IOM statement. The UN’s Afghan mission expressed concerns that returnees may face risks like persecution, arrest, detention, torture, or ill-treatment.
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The busiest border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan has remained closed for the tenth consecutive day due to a dispute over document rules for commercial drivers. The disagreement revolves around demands for drivers from both sides to possess visas and passports, documents many Afghans lack, as Pakistan intensifies efforts to control cross-border movements. A border official reported that over 400 trucks were stranded on the Pakistan side of the Torkham crossing on Monday. Millions of Afghans have sought refuge in Pakistan over the past four decades, with around 600,000 arriving since the Taliban ousted the US-backed government.