Afghanistan Starts Repatriation Of ISIS Families To Pakistan

The repatriation of ISIS fighters’ families hailing to Pakistan started on Thursday in Jalalabad in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, after terrorists surrendered to the Afghan government in November last year.

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According to Afghan officials, in the first phase, 50 women and 76 children will be returned to their relatives in Pakistan, reported BBC. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced in November 2019, that the families of the ISIS fighters would be handed over to their Pakistani relatives by the tribal elders.

In November 2019, Afghan officials claimed that more than 1,300 ISIS fighters surrendered to the Afghan forces. According to Afghan officials, these families include women and children from the Terah Valley, Orakzai and Bajaur districts, who will be handed over to heads of their families.

Jan Mohammad – an elder from Khyber Valley, a district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) – participated in the ceremony in Dzhalal-Abad, where documents of the families were being examined for their return to the home country.

He told BBC correspondent in Dzhalal-Abad that he had come to pick up three women and four children who had come to Afghanistan five years ago.

“They have my two sons’ wives and a niece and four children. I came here when the Afghan president announced to hand over the families. I have been here for many days, it is just a request to hand over our children and women so that we can go back,” he said.

According to Afghan officials, scores of Da’ish fighters from the bordering region came to Afghanistan, who later brought their families too. These people were living in the areas of Nangarhar that were under control of the militants group.

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Talking to media after the jirga, a tribal chief from Jalalabad, Malik Usman said that only women and children would be handed over whose relatives would come to pick them. “This is the tradition of Afghans. These people came to Afghanistan due to a misunderstanding. The Afghan government, the Afghan people and the Ulema are sending back these women with honour,” he added.