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Pakistan Calls for Repatriation of Afghan Refugees

(Last Updated On: February 6, 2018)

The Pakistani government has called for early repatriation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

“Pakistan’s economy has carried the burden of hosting Afghan refugees since long and in the present circumstances cannot sustain it further,” said a statement from Pakistan foreign ministry.

“Thus their (Afghan refugees’) early and dignified return to Afghanistan is essential. Pakistan’s brotherly hospitality to peaceful Afghan refugees must not be exploited by terrorists,” the army said.

Afghan Ministry of Foreign says the two sides are bargaining on finding a solution and an operation program between Kabul- Islamabad can be a basic way to solve this challenge.

The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations which concerns over the mass return of Afghan refugees in one time from Pakistan noted that the government has its plans for this problem.

About 2.5 million Afghans live in Pakistan, home to the world’s second-largest refugee population.

For years, the refugees, some of whom have been living in Pakistan since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, received longer-term extensions of up to a year of the Proof of Registration cards that give them legal status.

But recent tense relations between the neighbors has prompted concern that Pakistan might retaliate by pushing back Afghan refugees, particularly since official permission to stay was only extended for 30 days at the beginning of this year.

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