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Pakistan extends stay of documented Afghan refugees

Pakistan extends stay of documented Afghan refugees

Jul 01, 2018 - 11:41

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Nearly 1.4 million documented Afghan refugees have been allowed to stay in Pakistaninfo-icon for another three months.

The decision on granting the refugees the interim extension till September 30 came at a weekly cabinet meeting, chaired by Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (R) Nasirul Mulk.

On January 31, registered Afghan refugees had been granted a 60-day extension in their stay in Pakistan till March 31. Upon the expiry of the deadline, the cabinet granted the Afghans a 90-day extension.

The latest move suggests the caretaker set-up has left a final decision on the issue to the next elected government. The Pakistanis are set to the parliamentary elections this month.

An insider told Pajhwok Afghan News the extension was based on a proposal from the States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Ministry.  The registered refugees were allowed to reside in Pakistan till September 30.

 “The meeting also discussed in detail the issue of extension in stay of the Afghan refugees. It was decided to grant an interim extension of three months to the registered refugees.

“It was further decided to place the matter before the incoming elected government,” said a press release from the Prime Minister’s Office.

UNHCR’s statistics indicate around 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees are currently living in Pakistan, which is also home to more than 2.5 illegal Afghan immigrants.

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