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Afghan embassy rejects Malik's allegation

Afghan embassy rejects Malik's allegation

Sep 12, 2011 - 18:09

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): The Afghan refugees living in Pakistaninfo-icon are not involved in the ongoing wave of violence in the country, the Afghan embassy in Islamabad said on Monday.

Two days back, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik had blamed Afghan citizens for involvement in terrorist activities in the southwestern province of Balochistan.

Malik told reporters in Quetta that thousands of Afghans, who were living illegally in the province, had been asked to register with the government within a month.

But Zardasht Shams, the embassy spokesman, rejected Malik's view as groundless and said about two million Afghan refugees were residing in Pakistan in line with the international law.

Such statements could have a negative impact on Afghan-Pakistan relations, Shams said in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News. "The issue of refugees' repatriation could be addressed trilaterally by Afghanistaninfo-icon, Pakistan and the UN -- not through statements."

Following the minister's statement, Pakistani law-enforcement agencies had stepped up detaining and fleecing innocent Afghans, the official alleged. Ambassador Mohammad Omar Daudzai would soon take up the issue with Pakistani officials, he concluded.




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