Pakistan urged to identify, protect thousands of at-risk Afghan deportees

for the start of the expulsions, which could leave more than 1.7 million Afghans vulnerable in the South Asian nation, from a total of 4 million migrants and refugees from its neighbour.

“We are asking the government to come up with a comprehensive system and … mechanism to manage and register people at immediate risk of persecution if forced to return,” Qaiser Khan Afridi, the spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency in Pakistan, told Reuters.

“Because they cannot return, they can’t go back to Afghanistan because their freedom or their life might be at risk.”Two armed drones targeted Iraq’s Ain al-Asad airbase, which hosts U.S forces and other international forces in western Iraq, a security source and a government source told Reuters on Tuesday.

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