Pakistan: Uyghur refugees at risk of expulsion given more time to leave amid government crackdown

Pakistani authorities have temporarily extended the period of stay for Uyghurs who face risk of deportation under a government order to expel all illegal migrants, RFA reported, adding that the period would be discussed in Pakistan’s parliament soon.

Nearly 20 Uyghur families — or about 100 individuals — who live in the city of Rawalpindi but do not possess Afghan or Chinese passports or Pakistani residence permits have feared deportation to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan or China.

The Uyghurs have been living in a state of uncertainty for the past month and have been subjected to sudden house raids, searches and questioning by police, and threats of eviction by landlords.

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