Pakistan says no option but to extend stay of Afghan refugees
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Pakistan government, despite having serious reservations on the issue, says it has no option but to extend the stay of Afghan refugees in the country.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told the Senate on Wednesday thedeadline for the repatriation of Afghan refugees expired Thursday (today).
But it was not possible for the government to simply “throw out” the three million people, the minister said while briefing the upper house on the progress made on the National Action Plan (NAP).
The Interior Ministry as well as the governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan have “serious reservations” about extending the stay of Afghan refugees.
But the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions opposes the idea of sending back the refugees forcibly. He said Kabul had constantly been pressing Islamabad to let the refugees live in Pakistan.
Nisar praised intelligence agencies for preempting several terrorist attacks through better coordination. A proposed Joint Intelligence Directorate (JID) will start functioning by the end of June 2016.
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