“Afghan refugees are experiencing numerous challenges in Iran and Pakistan. The Foreign Affairs and the Refugees and Repatriation Ministries are not working effectively to provide a permanent solution,” the Senators said on Sunday.
The Senate on Sunday summoned the Refugees and Repatriation Minister and the Political Deputy Minister of the Foreign Ministry to discuss about the issues faced by refugees in these countries.
A number of Senators said that the execution of Afghan prisoners and their deportation is still continuing but the Afghan Government has failed to provide any solution.
“Iran continues to execute the Afghans and never deals with their case on humanitarian grounds. It always ignores the problems faced by the refugees. Hence, the Afghan Government should find a solution,” Head of Disabled, Martyrs and Refugees Committee of the Senate, Abdul Baqi Baryal said.
“Iran, besides supporting the insurgents, executes and deports Afghan refugees, which is quite worrying,” Senator Belqis Roshan said.
The Refugees and Repatriation Minister said that he had talked to Iranian officials about the execution of Afghan offenders in their country, and they have pledged to provide lawyers for the offenders and the courts will give out verdicts based upon the trial.
“We have repeatedly asked Iran to stop the executions and that the offenders should be provided with lawyers,” the Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Jamahir Anwari said.
Meanwhile, the Political Deputy of the Foreign Ministry said that the execution of 50 Afghan offenders were commuted to jail term and also, 784 other Afghan prisoners were released from Iranian jails because of the efforts put in by the Foreign Ministry.
“The executions of 50 Afghans were commuted to jail term. It was all because of the Foreign Ministry’s efforts. In 2012, 784 prisoners were released from Iranian jails and our efforts are ongoing to solve the other issues being faced by the refugees in these countries,” The Deputy Minister, Irshad Ahmadi said.
The Afghan Senators added that even though several Afghan families in Iran and Pakistan are willing to return to Afghanistan, but lack of jobs and shelters is stopping them. The Afghan Government hasn’t done much to increase job opportunities and provide better facilities to its citizens.