Pak, Afghan govts urged to resolve refugees’ problems
KABUL (Pajhwok): Representatives of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Friday urged the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan to resolve problems the refugees faced.
The representatives of various Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan addressed a press conference in Peshawar and then also staged a protest demonstration.
Gulduddin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islamic Afghanistan’s political affairs in-charge and a refugee in Pakistan, Dr. Ghairat Baheer, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had constituted a 30-member commission tasked with resolving refugees’ problems.
He said seven members of the commission held a press conference in Peshawar and expressed their concern over the increasing problems of the refugees.
He said the speakers urged the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan to resolve problems being faced by the refugee families.
Dr. Baheer said Pakistan, which was hosting the Afghan refugees over the past few decades, should exercise more patience and extend the stay of Afghans beyond 2016.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has extended the stay of legal Afghan refugees in Pakistan until the end of 2016.
Dr. Baheer said Pakistan should not undermine its hospitality by forcibly expelling the Afghans. He called on Pakistan to pave the ground for a dignified voluntarily return of the Afghan refugees to their home land.
He also asked the Afghan government to resolve shelter problem of the returning Afghan families by constructing camps and townships for them.
According to the UN agency for refugees, UNHCR, 1.5 registered and about one million unregistered Afghan refugees are still living in Pakistan.
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