September 19, 2021

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Afghan families move through mountain pass into Pakistan on their journey to Canada

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TORONTO / ISLAMABAD —
Canada’s immigration minister said Sunday the state has now helped extra than 140 Afghans make their way overland to Pakistan, one of the couple of routes that is open up to those who want to go away the place and have special Canadian visas.

A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino added that these refugees will be on their way to Canada inside “days or weeks.”

The Khyber Go, a mountain go on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, is at this time a jammed jumble of vans, people today, items, Pakistani soldiers and now Taliban gunmen.

Until finally a number of months in the past, it was the Afghan army that controlled their aspect of the border, but now it’s Taliban fighters giving the orders.

Below the white flag of the Taliban, border guards from equally countries stand just actions aside, controlling the mass of vans heading back and forth, as properly as the crush of Afghans desperate to depart.

A Taliban fighter explained that all those who have a visa can depart or occur when they want, but most Afghans ready in line will be turned back as only those with travel documents for an additional nation will make it across.

Soon after hrs on the highway to make it this considerably, there is an excruciating wait to get that earlier acceptance to move from Afghanistan to Pakistan.

Paperwork needs to be correct, and it is all been difficult by testing for COVID-19.

A relatives of eight who still left Kabul in the middle of the night time, hauling luggage with Canadian flags on them, advised CTV News that acquiring by means of the border was challenging.

“It took a lengthy time,” the father claimed. “There have been masses of men and women about below.”

They had still left Afghanistan accurately a month because Kabul fell.

“We go to Islamabad to get the processing done, and then we’re going to rock and roll,” he stated.

According to the minister’s business office, most of the refugees travelling overland by way of Pakistan are Afghans who aided Canada’s army in the 2000s and worry retribution from the Taliban.

Close to 3,700 folks were evacuated to Canada just before the U.S. withdrawal of troops at the conclusion of August. The federal government has claimed they will resettle 20,000 Afghans who are forced to flee.

Ten customers of a further relatives approved by Canada also designed it across the border to Pakistan currently, but hit a last minute snag when two of them examined positive for COVID-19 and will shell out the up coming 5 days in quarantine.

A single much more roadblock on the road to Canada.

With documents from The Canadian Press and CTVNews.ca’s Alexandra Mae Jones