Executive unsure on 21 Afghans detained in Nepal for 21 days

Afghan nationals deported from Mexico to Nepal

October 29, Kathmandu. The government has not been able to decide for 21 days what to do with the 11 Afghans who entered Nepal illegally.

According to the Immigration Act of Nepal, the Department may, with the approval of the Government, decide on deportation without entering a certain period of time. But Narayan Prasad Bhattarai, director general of the department, says, “The decision will be made by the (home) ministry. It has not been decided what to do.”

According to the investigation report submitted by the Immigration Officer as per the Act, after the recommendation of the head of the department, the Home Ministry will give its approval. But neither Immigration has been able to make that decision, nor has the House given any instructions.

Home Ministry spokesperson Phanindra Mani Pokharel said, “We are discussing this.” The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of the police had arrested 11 Afghan nationals on 8 November 2078.

Five of those arrested were deported by the department to Mexico on October 29, according to their wishes. But immigration from Mexico sent them back to Nepal. According to sources, Mexico had deported them saying they had to come from the country from which the visa was issued.

Officials say it was wrong to send them to Mexico under the Immigration Act. According to the law, they had to return to the country from which they came. But even after returning from Mexico, the House has not been able to make a decision about them.

An official at the ministry said they were not in a position to return them.

“They are in a dilemma as to what to do with them. If they are facilitated, there is an open border, and more will come,” he said.


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