Ghani wants ministries ready for unannounced refugees’ repatriation
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has directed the ministries concerned to complete their homework for any unannounced repatriation of Afghan refugees.
Chairing the 2nd meeting of high commission on refugees’ affairs here on Tuesday, the president directed authorities to work out a plan for repatriation of Afghan refugees.
Earlier, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, minister for refugees and repatriation told the meeting that Pakistan pledged to extend Afghan refugees’ stay for two more years during recent two and three level meetings with Iranian and Pakistani officials.
Balkhi said Pakistan’s officials promised to extend stay of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan without forcing out any refugees.
Balkhi said more than three million Afghan refugees lived in Pakistan out of which 1.7 million lived legally while more than one million did not have legal documents.
He said a bilateral and trilateral agreement was also signed with Pakistan’s government and UNHCR.
“We presented our policy regarding refugees’ repatriation which was accepted. Until their return, we will provide them with different facilities. Pakistan has promised not to harass or forcefully repatriate them until then,” Balkhi added.
According to him, Pakistan also promised to extend the stay permit of 1.5 million refugees that expired in next four months to another two years.
The participant discussed at length the plan for refugees return.
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