Afghans caught up in a human catastrophe
An unprecedented political instability stares Afghanistan in the face, after the withdrawal of American forces ended on midnight of August 31. If nothing is immediately done to rectify the situation, about two lakh and seventy thousand Afghans may be rendered homeless. Concerned authorities in Peshawar have been busy in making arrangements to cope with any emergency situation.
They say that in case of a new influx, the refugees will be allowed to enter through the Pak-Afghan border posts of Torkham, Chaman, Ghulam Khan and Arandu. They can temporarily stay in camps set up in Chitral and the recently merged two districts of Khyber and North Waziristan. The spokesman of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Qaiser Khan Afridi, said that a similar camp might be set up in Quetta as well. However, it was not possible to settle the refugees on a permanent basis.
Meanwhile, the mandate of the UN political mission in Afghanistan is due to end on September 17. In this context, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, has already made a meaningfully heart-touching observation. He said that the total population of Afghanistan in 2021 stood at 39,957,929. Out of this, as many as one crore and eighty lakh Afghans, who constituted half of their country’s total population, were virtually caught up in a human catastrophe. So it was the duty of the entire civilised world to help them financially and morally to overcome the catastrophe. If the world pretended to look the other way, nearly two crore people might get eliminated in the impending internecine civil war.