Afghan Hazaras Who Fled Country To Escape Taliban Find Shelter In Quetta’s Imambargahs

Country/area: Pakistan

Organisation: The Friday Times / Naya Daur

Organisation size: Small

Publication date: 2/9/2021

Credit: 1

Biography: Asim Ahmed is Quetta based Journalism / Freelancer, contributes for CNN as Stringer and report for Voicepk.net. He has won two Agahi Awards for his work in journalism. He previously worked for Dawn, SAMAA, 92 and BOL TV.

Project description:

Pakistani officials at Chaman border have begun to bar Afghan nationals from entering the country without required documents, as illegal traffic from Afghanistan to Pakistan at different secret routes was reported to be on the rise.

Sadaat Khan, a resident of Qila Abdullah, is one of the eight members of a group that takes people to the other side of the border.

“We use Hi-Ace vehicles to transport around 300-400 people daily from Afghanistan to Pakistan,” Sadaat claims.

Impact reached:

The project highlighted the issues of refugees, who are seeking protection due to uncertainty in Afghanistan.

Techniques/technologies used:

Data, First hand interviews, survey.

What was the hardest part of this project?

Interviewing Human Smugglers, families who have arrived in Pakistan illegally.

What can others learn from this project?

Reporting on sensitive issues, which impact regions.

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