Ten Afghan children, who were trafficked into Pakistan, to return home this week

The children belong to the Kuf Ab district of Badakhshan province.

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Ten Afghan children, who fell victim to child trafficking and ended up in Pakistan two months ago, will be returning home to their parents this week. The refugees’ representative at the Afghan consulate in Peshawar revealed this while talking to an international media outlet.

The children who entered the country without any legal documentation are being held in the custody of the Afghan consulate after a judgment announced by the Peshawar High Court on Friday last week.

“All the children are with us, and we will hand them over to the Afghan refugees’ department at the Torkham border next week,” Representative Abdul Hameed Jalili stated.

“In light of the court ruling, we will complete all formalities and submit a report to the court within the given timeframe,” he mentioned

The children fall in the age bracket of nine to twelve years old. The court has ordered an inquiry report which is to be prepared and presented within 15 days. The report must also include the photo evidence of the children being safely escorted and handed back to their parents.

The Afghan children’s case caught the attention of the legal authorities following a fight that broke out among two institutions quarreling for enrolment of the children in their foundations located in the town of Ghulam Ullah Badakhshi in Akorra Khattak on the borders of Nowshera.

The person responsible for bringing the children from Afghanistan, Izatullah, is a local religious leader. He was later arrested following the court’s order.

Rasheed Ahmad Mohmand, an advocate of the PHC who also served as a witness in the case, stated that a translator was present during the entire court proceeding. The kids didn’t speak Pashto or Urdu but talked in an Afghani Persian parlance language called Dari.

The children told the translator that they didn’t want to go back to Afghanistan and were here for religious education. After hearing their comments, the translator told the court that they have been brainwashed since their answers were in unison.

The children belong to the Kuf Ab district of Badakhshan province. Mohmand said Izatullah told the court that the children were brought to Pakistan for religious education. However, they didn’t respect the state’s legal criteria and came via the Chaman border.

“The court ruled that this is human smuggling, ordering the police to nab Izatullah and other religious leaders of the seminary and investigate the matter thoroughly about how the children were brought into and lived in Pakistan without legal documents,” Mohammad stated.

Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth also directed the police to carry out an investigation about other Afghan children who are in the country illegally and are a part of these “Madrassas.”

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