Advice to constituents in Afghanistan 'not safe', MP's office says
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A woman and child who were given advice to make their way to Pakistan alone to escape the Afghanistan crisis have been monitored by the office of a Norwich MP.
Despite the government setting up the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy [ARAP] for Afghans who have supported the British efforts, the office of South Norwich MP Clive Lewis believe people are being let down.
A person handling emergency cases for Mr Lewis, who did not wish to be named, said there are at least two examples of constituents being deemed incorrectly deemed ineligible for ARAP in their eyes.
She added that the majority of cases being dealt with in Afghanistan relate to spouses or people who constituents are dependent on.
The emergency case worker said: "There was advice given to a woman and child to make their way to the Pakistan embassy which in our view was not safe for them to travel alone in Taliban controlled Afghanistan.
"Constituents have told us about advice they have received from the FCO [foreign office] which we believe is potentially putting lives at risk."
Another family with a relative in Norwich has been trying to make their way to Iran from the Taliban-occupied country.
The office has been trying to get as many information from relatives in the county before relaying it to the FCO and ministry of defence.
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A briefing with MPs was led by foreign secretary Dominic Raab on Tuesday in which Mr Lewis' office was informed no specific deadline for withdrawal has been set due to fears over a potential crush at Kabul airport.
Mr Lewis said: "Case workers have been working around the clock to get people out but it just looks like the people we are helping just won't be airlifted out.
"I think there has been real Herculean efforts to get paperwork through but it feels to us like the home office is going through the motions with it."
Mr Raab has said foreign office are working 24/7 in Kabul, Dubai and the UK to get nationals and Afghans who have helped the British to safety.
The government said that, as of Tuesday, over 10,900 people have left Afghanistan since April.