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UK Government to Charter Flights for Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

The UK government has taken a significant step to assist Afghan refugees stranded in Pakistan, who have been assured British visas. Starting from Thursday, the government plans to charter flights for their relocation, as per a BBC report. This move follows Pakistan’s announcement of its intention to deport illegal migrants starting November 1.

Among the stranded individuals are thousands who have worked with or for the UK government in Afghanistan and fled the Taliban. Many of them were former translators for the British Army and teachers for the British Council.

Recent government figures indicate that approximately 3,250 individuals on the UK’s relocation schemes are currently residing in guest houses and hotels in Islamabad, with no legal work access and their children unable to attend school. While the UK has already brought around 24,600 people from Afghanistan to safety, it has yet to comment on the specifics of the charter flights.