HUNDREDS of Afghan refugees who had been rushed out of Pakistan to the UK have been languishing in military bases as the federal government scrambles to search out lodging, the Independent has reported.
Around 3,000 Afghans, lots of whom labored for the British military, had been evacuated following the Afghan Taliban’s takeover of Kabul in August 2021 to be supplied residence in the UK.
They have been caught in Pakistan since final yr. The UK was compelled to repatriate the refugees final month after Pakistan determined that unlawful foreigners ought to depart the nation by Nov 1.
According to the Independent, some relocated households have been moved into lodging of armed forces, however lots of have been put in military barracks surrounded by seven-foot-excessive barbed wire fences.
The barracks are positioned in Loughborough, Gloucestershire, Blackpool and Staffordshire areas of the UK.
A refugee housed in one of many military bases informed the Independent there was no method to depart the place.
Published in Dawn, November twentieth, 2023