Pakistan set to host meeting on Afghan refugees
KABUL (Pajhwok): In order to resolve the challenges being faced by the Afghans, a trilateral meeting among Kabul, Islamabad and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will be held in Pakistan on Wednesday.
UNHCR said Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Refugees and Frontier Regions Gen. Abdul Qadir Baloch his Afghan counterpart Sayed Hussain Alami Balkhi and representatives of the UN agency would attend the meeting.
The meeting would be followed by a joint press conference, a press release from the refugee agency said. Problems of Afghan refugees in Pakistan have increased after the Army Public School attack in Peshawar in December 2014.
So far, over 5,000 Afghan refugees have been arrested, 54,000 deported and hundreds of families forced to leave the neighbouring country, where a crackdown on unregistered foreigners is ongoing.
Led by the refugee and repatriation minister, an Afghan delegation arrived in Pakistan three days back to discuss the issue with Pakistani authorities.
The delegation, including Ambassador Janan Mosazai, on Monday met Abdul Qadir Baloch, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Mehtab Ahmad Khan Abbasi, Chief Minister Parvez Khattak and a number other officials in Peshawar.
Both sides agreed on developing a mechanism for legalisation of registered and unregistered refugees. They also agreed on forming a joint committee to address the refugees’ problems.
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