Six Afghan households with ties to Canada have been deported from Pakistan, veterans group says


Six Afghan households with ties to Canada have been deported from Pakistan again to Afghanistan, a Canadian veterans group says.

“I am extraordinarily involved by the present stance that Pakistan has taken to deport Afghans in another country,” stated Jon Feltham, an Afghan struggle veteran and program director for Aman Lara, a non-profit that works to evacuate individuals from nations in disaster.

“We’re taking them out of 1 hotspot and what we’re doing now’s we’re placing them into one other.”

Feltham stated the deportations underscore the pressing want for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to hurry up its processing of paperwork for Afghans attempting to come back to this nation.

On the finish of October, Pakistan started rounding up, detaining and deporting these it calls undocumented Afghan migrants.

It isn’t clear what number of Afghans are attempting to come back to Canada beneath particular immigration measures for former workers of the Canadian Armed Forces or the federal authorities. Citing operational safety, IRCC has refused to reveal the quantity.

Aman Lara estimates it has helped almost 2,500 Afghans who’ve what it calls an “enduring relationship with the federal government of Canada” to quickly relocate to Pakistan whereas they wait on subsequent steps.

The group stated it couldn’t present an actual head depend for the six households. It stated the United Nations estimates a mean Afghan family consists of eight individuals.

Dropped on the border

CBC Information spoke to at least one man who stated he was arrested on Monday in Islamabad whereas on an errand along with his spouse. Sanaullah Azizi stated he and his spouse have been transported by bus for 17 hours with different migrants earlier than being dropped on the border with Afghanistan.

Azizi stated he was in Pakistan hoping to get approval to maneuver to Canada primarily based on the work of his father-in-law, a former interpreter with the Canadian Armed Forces.

IRCC has been asking Canada-bound Afghans to warn it instantly if they’re detained. The division additionally has advised that migrants ought to present documentation to police in Pakistan to show they’re headed for Canada and shouldn’t be deported.

Azizi stated he by no means received the possibility.

“They snatched my telephone straight away,” he advised CBC Information by way of an interpreter. He stated the machine was his solely technique of reaching the surface world and had all of his paperwork loaded on it.

He stated it was solely returned after they have been dropped off on the border. He stated he and his spouse have been in hiding in Afghanistan ever since.

IRCC nonetheless engaged on additional flights out of Pakistan 

Immigration Canada has managed to get Afghans on two constitution flights out of Islamabad since Pakistan started its crackdown in the beginning of November.

At a information convention on Friday, Immigration Minister Marc Miller advised journalists the federal government is attempting to rearrange extra flights out.

“It is vitally a lot a day-by-day factor … however we once more attempt to exhaust all choices to verify that is carried out as rapidly as potential,” he stated.

He admitted the deportations are throwing up new challenges.

“Our operational capability to work in Afghanistan is extraordinarily restricted,” he stated.

Armed men in fatigues walk through a refugee camp.
Taliban fighters stand guard as Afghan refugees line as much as register in a camp close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Torkham, Afghanistan on Nov. 4, 2023. (Ebrahim Noroozi/Related Press)

Azizi gave CBC Information a replica of a letter he acquired from Immigration Canada after he was capable of contact the division following his deportation.

“We perceive that you’re presently again in Afghanistan and you’re dealing with difficulties as a result of safety scenario within the nation,” the letter says. “We encourage you to take acceptable measures to make sure your and your loved ones’s security and safety.”

The letter asks Azizi for updates within the occasion of modifications in his private circumstances, contact particulars or bodily location.

Aman Lara stated it’s encouraging Afghans who’ve been in contact with the group and subsequently deported to get in contact in order that it might work on getting them out of Afghanistan.

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