Vol. 5 No. 2 (2022): Pakistan Journal of International Affairs


Published 2022-05-29


The legal position of Afghan refugees in Pakistan since their arrival in 1979 is examined in this article. This article discusses Pakistan's legal refugee policy for Afghans. Refugees escaping the Russian invasion of Afghanistan have found sanctuary in Pakistan, despite the nation not being a member of the 1951 Refugee Convention or its Protocol of 1967. This is despite the fact that Pakistan does not have a national law that addresses issues related to refugees. Due to the absence of applicable legislation during their time spent in Pakistan, these refugees have been subjected to a variety of challenges. Despite the fact that the Foreigner's Act of 1946 does not apply to them, they have been handled in line with this law. These Afghan refugees' lives have been impacted by a lack of regulation in their homeland. In this section, a quick summary of their entry into Pakistan and the Pakistani government's subsequent policy shifts are provided. An explanation of the change is also provided in this section. This article investigates all of these challenges in addition to potential legal solutions.