Saturday, May 21st, 2022

Satellite photos show thousands of Afghans on Pakistan border

Images from September 6 show huge crowds on the Afghanistan side less than a week ago. While photos of desperate Afghan nationals trying to flee their country from Kabul International Airport dominate the news, little is known about the ground situation on Afghanistan’s borders with Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Satellite images exclusively for NDTV just last week show Pakistan desperately trying to release thousands of people stranded on Afghanistan’s border.

The images focus on the ground situation on the Chaman border in Spin Boldak, between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and clearly indicate a desperate rush to leave the country. Apart from Spin Boldak, Afghanistan’s major border crossings are Shir Khan on the border with Tajikistan, Islam Kala on the border with Iran and Torkham on the border with Pakistan.

The Chaman border in Spin Boldak is one of the busiest crossings between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Traffic from Afghanistan has increased over the past few weeks as families with bags, luggage and children, who have left their homes in Kabul and other cities, wait in makeshift camps for their turn.

The Chaman border in Spin Boldak is one of the busiest crossings between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Click here for high res image. Images recorded on 6 September, on the Afghanistan side, show huge crowds at this site less than a week ago. Pakistan had recently closed the Chaman border post.

The images match ground reports of thousands of Afghan civilians looking to flee Afghanistan and what they fear is the return of the repressive Taliban regime.

The photos matched ground reports of thousands of Afghan civilians who wanted to flee Afghanistan. Click here for high res image

A large number of Afghans are leaving the country since the Taliban took over last month. While the hardline group has claimed more liberal policies this time than its brutal regime 20 years ago, their claims to protect women’s rights have proved to be far from the ground reality.