Number of Afghans returning from Iran spikes amidst Pakistan exodus

Islam Qala (Afghanistan) (AFP) – The number of Afghans coming home from Iran has doubled in the past month, according to a top border official at the Islam Qala crossing near the western Afghan city of Herat, with returnees telling AFP that Iran’s security forces have increased pressure on them to leave. The rise comes as Afghanistan’s eastern border crossings with Pakistan are being inundated with returnees after Islamabad ordered 1.7 million undocumented Afghans to leave voluntarily or face deportation.


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