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Pakistan extends Afghan refugees’ stay

Pakistan extends Afghan refugees’ stay

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Jul 25, 2013 - 17:15

ISLAMABAD: The new government on Thursday extended the stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistaninfo-icon until 2015, a decision benefitting 1.6 million registered individuals.

The decision came at a federal cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The official deadline for the withdrawal of refugee status ended on June 30.

One source privy to the meeting told Pajhwok Afghan New the newly-elected federal government had little choice other than extending the stay of more than 1.6 million Afghans.

Pakistan, which has been hosting the Afghan refugees for more than three decades, assured the UN in late June of extending the refugees’ stay.

In mid-June, Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch announced at a tripartite meeting in Kabulinfo-icon that his country would extend refugee cards for Afghans. The proof-of-registration (PoR) cards, as they are known, were set to expire on 30 June.

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