Afghan special forces trained and funded by Britain and working alongside British troops in Afghanistan in the fight against the Taliban now face the possibility of deportation from Pakistan, where the Afghan troops and their families fled, according to a BBC report.
The 200 special forces members would likely be targets of Taliban retaliation if they returned to Afghanistan.
Pakistan says it is ready to deport any Afghan who does not have the appropriate residence permits.
The failure to relocate Afghans working with Britain in Afghanistan “is a shame,” General Sir Richard Barrons told BBC Newsnight. “This reflects that we are two-faced as a country or that we are incompetent… Both are unacceptable.”
Additionally, 32 former Afghan politicians who now live in Pakistan, and previously worked with the UK and US, have also not received adequate documents that would allow them to travel and live abroad.
Most members of both groups – soldiers and politicians – have completed paperwork to move to the UK through the Afghanistan Relocation and Assistance Programme.
Many have been rejected, while others are still waiting to find out their status more than a year later, the BBC reports. (uh/ab)