‘Illegal Afghans not being forcibly expelled from KP’
It comes a day after Pakistani media reported that a crackdown was being launched against illegal Afghan refugees in the northwestern province on Sunday.
But a statement issued by the Peshawar-based Afghan Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation’s refugees affairs attaché said the issue had been discussed with Pakistani authorities.
The statement said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa officials had rejected the launch of any operation against illegal Afghan refugees at the moment.
The statement said refugee affairs attaché in Peshawar Abdul Hamid Jalili had met with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police high ups.
It quoted Jalili as saying that the illegal Afghans would be informed in advance about an operation against them.
He said the repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan was final and the Afghan government welcomed their return and was ready to assist them within the available resources.
The statement said a meeting involving officials from UNHCR, Afghan Commissionerate and relevant Khyber Pakhtunkhwa officials conferred on all issues relating to Afghan refugees and decisions were made about their solution.
According to UNHCR, so far this year nearly 250,000 Afghan refugees have returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan. Still two million registered and unregistered Afghan refugees live in Pakistan.
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