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Eight months later, Afghans stuck in Islamabad may finally pave the way for Canada

Escape from the Taliban The Pakistani government's decision to give Afghanistan a safe passage gave them Canada early. It should help you take you to Canada. Immigration officials said , but there is not yet a timeline for a group of more than 40 families waiting in Islamabad for months to arrive in Canada. 

"I want an answer when it happens. What do immigrants, refugees and Canadian citizenship want us to do?" Asked Asadoari Pakistan's capital From his apartment in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan did not have a passport, so most of them have  cross-border only domestic Afghanistan ID, with a family of six. I live in Islamabad . Afghanistan, a former Canadian military interpreter, fled Kandahar after his homeland fell to the Taliban.

Over the past eight months, he and several other Afghanistans in Islamabad family have not had a Pakistani visa or Afghan passport and have been cramped in apartments and hotel rooms. I was hiding with almost no leftovers. ..

"It's a very dangerous area," Afghanistan said of Islamabad. "If police caught you, they would say they entered the country illegally because they didn't have a passport or visa," he explained, adding that refugee applicants were at risk of arrest. 

Afghanistan has already passed the security screening required to come to Canada. So most of Pakistan's other families are waiting for their passage to Canada, he said. 

He presented a CBC news message from the Islamabad Immigration Department of the Ministry of International Relations of Canada dated June 3, written by a Canadian government official as follows: Your family is not allowed to legally leave Pakistan to travel to Canada. 

In CBC News, from February to mid-June, an email from the Government of Canada to 11 other families in the same language indicating that Pakistan was in the way Has also been confirmed. For subsequent trips to Canada due to their lack of legal status. 

The same memo also cited the lack of status as an obstacle to receiving financial support from the United Nations International Organization for Migration while the applicant was waiting. The family says they have left Afghanistan with little money and have scraped to survive. 

Asad Ali Afghanistan and his little daughter, Duanazar, were a former Canadian military interpreter and after his family slipped. Born in Pakistan. Across the Afghanistan border. (Submitted / Asad Ali Afghan)

On June 9, the Government of Pakistan said, "Safe passage. In cooperation with the third country of the recipient country, on a case-by-case basis. Countries ”, a ruling valid until August 8. 

CBC News requested an interview with the High Commissioner of Pakistan. Ottawa wants to know exactly how the directive applies to Afghan families in Islamabad.

 Zaheer A. Janjua was not available, but his office said in a statement that the Pakistani government issued a 30-day transit visa to Afghan citizens within 24 hours, which was Their subsequent trips. 

"A country that allowed Afghan citizens to immigrate could apply for a transit visa from Pakistan," he added.

Confusion about the immigration process

But this little news is too late for Jamil Ahmad Noori, a former worker on the engineering support team at the Canadian Army's . Kandahar's army. 

He and his loved ones (including his retired teacher, his older father Painda Mohammad Noori) fled to Islamabad in November 2021. 

On June 10th, Painda Mohammad Noori was stressed by the uncertainties of his family and began to feel sick. 

His son rushed him to the hospital, but was denied access until medical personnel knew his situation was an emergency due to a lack of Pakistani documents. Said Jamil Ahmad Noori to CBC News through an interpreter.

"He was confused about the process," Noori recalled. "He was praying for help from Allah." That night, Painda Mohammad Noori died of cardiac arrest. 

Good news to wait for Afghanistan: Canadian immigrants

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser told CBC News Pakistan to allow Afghanistan to flee the Taliban for a safe passage The decision is good news for those who are still waiting to leave Afghanistan to come to Canada, and for those in Islamabad who have already approved their trip to Canada. 

"This agreement could save the lives of thousands of people," Fraser said. "This was a considerable period of time for the Pakistani government to allow people destined for Canada to pass through Pakistan."

Fraser is now in Islamabad. It's unclear if some or all of the 40 families will be able to board, but he said he expects two charter flights from Pakistan to arrive by the end of the month. .. 

"It will depend on the individual case, where the charter goes, where the person goes," he said. 

Afghan refugees who supported Canada's mission in Afghanistan arrived in Canada in the last August of Toronto Pearson. Year to prepare for a bus at the international airport. (MCpl Genevieve Lapointe / Canadian Forces Combat Camera / Canadian Armed Forces Photo / Reuters)

For monetary compensation, Fraser said what the agreement with Pakistan means. He said it was still being organized. People seeking help from the United Nations International Organization for Migration. 

In the last few months, 11 Canadian government flights have brought Afghanistan from Pakistan to Canada, but they usually legally allow them to be in Pakistan. It's full of people who have documents.

According to a statement from the Fraser office, the Canadian Immigration Department is in contact with people still in Afghanistan to inform them that Ottawa will help facilitate travel to Pakistan. 

Canada has more than 16,000 Afghanistans since the fall of Kabul to Tullivan through special immigration measures for former Canadian Army or Canadian Government officials and their families and their families. Was settled. Vulnerable Afghanistan.

Through these measures, we promise to bring a total of 40,000 Afghans to Canada and encourage others to apply through the regular Canadian Immigration Department. 

Last week, theToronto Star reported that thegovernment had almost completed the allocation of special locations.