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‘Afghans travelling to Pakistan harassed, extorted’

‘Afghans travelling to Pakistan harassed, extorted’

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Jul 16, 2018 - 20:34

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The residents of southern provinces say those travelling to Pakistaninfo-icon face extortion, torture and in some cases imprisonment by the Pakistani militia forces.

The residents of Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces often travel to Pakistan for treatment, businesses and other needs, but they say they face humiliation and harassment at the hands of Pakistani security forces.

Mohammad Qaseem, a resident of Spin Boldak border district, said Afghans while traveling to Pakistan were often harassed and humiliated at the hands of Pakistani forces.

Thousands of passengers, including womeninfo-icon and children, after crossing the border into Pakistan on a daily basis are forced to wait for hours before being allowed to proceed. They are disgraced and extorted, said Qaseem

Haji Abdul Rahman, an elderly passenger, said he endured torture and extortion by the Pakistani militia forces.

“Pakistani militia forces don’t know the norms how to behave with human, they don’t care about elderly persons and children and make them to wait for hours in hot weather,” he said.

Mohammad Nader, another passenger, said both the sides had agreed that people could travel with original Afghan Tazkera (ID cards), but still people were harassed.

He said thousands of people traveled to Pakistan for treatment, business and other purposes, which economically benefited Pakistan, but Pakistani forces did not behave properly with Afghans.

Border Security Forces commissionerate head Col. Mohammad Sharif confirmed people traveling between Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistan had to face hardships.

He said he had many times talked to Pakistani officials about complaints of passengers and the Pakistanis had promised not to harass the Afghans.

More than 25,000 people cross the Spin Boldak-Chaman border between Afghanistan and Pakistan for trade, treatment and other purposes.

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