Waziristan refugees being treated well: Khost govt
Some Pakistani officials said last week the first phase of North Waziristan refugees’ repatriation had begun. But the process was reportedly suspended due to lack of cooperation from Kabul.
Pakistani media said the Afghan government had burnt registration forms given to refugee elders.
However, the Khost governor’s spokesman, Mubarez Mohammad Zadran rejected the claims as baseless.He said the Afghan government was committed to helpingWaziristan refugees until they returned to their regions.
“The government is committed to helping Waziristan refugees whenever they turn and as long as they stay inside Afghanistan. They can live herefreely,” he added.
Zadran also rejected Pakistan authorities’ allegation that the Afghan government had burnt registration forms given to refugees.
“How is that possible when refugees, who are given shelter by Khost residents, will be maltreated? These are entirely baseless accusations,” he commented.
Ikramullah, a refugee from Waziristan in Gulan Camp, said they had filled out forms for repatriation. But he the refugees who have gone back to Waziristan are unhappy because Pakistani forces are mistreating them.
“If Pakistan revisits the previous situation in North Waziristan and avoid harassing its residents, we will probably go back,” he said, adding if Pakistani forces continued oppressing them, they would stay in Afghanistan.
A week ago, a tribal elder from Gulan refugees’ camp was killed by unidentified gunmen.He was against the Pakistan government’s policies and refused going back to Waziristan.
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