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Afghans banned from Mashhad’s mobile markets

Afghans banned from Mashhad’s mobile markets

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24 Dec 2023 - 13:11
Afghans banned from Mashhad’s mobile markets
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24 Dec 2023 - 13:11

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Municipality of Mashhad, the capital of Iran’s Khorasan Rizwi province, has banned activities of foreigners, including Afghans, in the city’s mobile markets, media reports said on Sunday.

Photos released by local media outlets in Mashhad indicate the new ban has been implemented at the entrance to the Friday market.

The Shahrara newspaper quoted Hasan Kilidari, a senior executive in the municipality, as saying: “According to the approval of the city’s municipal social commission, from now on activities of foreigners in all of Mashhad’s mobile markets are prohibited.”

Official statistics from Iranian immigration authorities reveal that approximately half a million Afghans in Mashhad are registered with residency permits.

The figure constitutes 95 percent of the total population of immigrants in Mashhad.

The decision to prohibit the activity of Afghans in mobile markets has sparked a reaction from cultural activists among Afghan immigrants in Iran.

Zainab Bayat, an Afghan poet and culturist residing in Mashhad, questioned the move on Instagram. “How can Afghans provide income for their families when all doors are closed?”

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