Pakistan frees and returns more than 500 Afghan captives

On Saturday, Pakistani authorities freed 524 Afghan individuals who they had detained for entering the country without proper travel credentials.

The migrants were released from Karachi jails, according to a tweet from the Afghan embassy in Islamabad on Saturday. 54 women and 97 children were among them.

In a series of searches last month, Pakistani police detained 1,200 Afghan citizens who had entered Karachi without legal travel permits.

The arrests were condemned throughout Afghanistan, especially after pictures of Afghan kids in jail started to surface online.

“They will soon be freed and sent to their homeland in a few minutes,” the Taliban-controlled embassy said.

It added that their release was “a result of the efforts” of the embassy.

In Pakistani detention, one prisoner from Afghanistan passed away. According to the embassy, his body was being brought back into the nation together with the freed inmates. The deceased crossed into Pakistan in search of medical attention, according to local media.

Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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