5,000 Afghan prisoners in Iranian jails, says deputy FM
Javed Lodin was summoned to the Meshrano Jirga, lower house of the parliament, on Sunday to brief senators on problems of Afghan citizens living abroad and traders.
Lodin was grilled by lawmakers about Afghan prisoners in Iran, Afghan students in India and Libya and stranded trucks of Afghan traders in Pakistani port city of Karachi.
Lodin said first vice president, Mohammad Qasim Fahim, had taken up the issue of Afghan prisoners with Iranian officials during his recent visit to the neighbouring country. President Hamid Karzai, who is currently in Iran, was to discuss the matter with Iranian authorities, he added.
In Libya, according to Lodin, the Afghan embassy in neighbouring Egypt had been instructed to make sure Afghan students in Libya were transported back to their homeland.
About problems facing Afghan traders in Karachi, Lodin said Afghanistan-bound trucks were now allowed to cross the border into the country after a four-month blockade.
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