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Pakistan defers decision on repatriation strategy

Pakistan defers decision on repatriation strategy

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Nov 03, 2016 - 11:12

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Seeking national consensus on the knotty issue, Islamabad has deferred a decision on a comprehensive strategy for the repatriation of Afghan citizens.

The subject came up for discussion at a meeting of the federal cabinet in Islamabad on Thursday, when participants suggested consultations with all political leaders.

“The cabinet meeting postponed the decision in order to allow all political parties and stakeholders to be consulted,” the minister for states and frontier regions said.

The Express Tribune quoted Abdul Qadir Baloch as saying: “We will soon start consultations with all stakeholders and reach an amicable solution.”

A select group of politicians has already suggested allowing Afghan refugees to stay in the country until 2021. They say certain categories of Afghans be allowed to live temporarily in Pakistaninfo-icon even beyond the deadline.

Qaumi Watan Party chief Aftab Sherpao, Awami National Party leader Ilyas Bilour. Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Sirajul Haq have supported a five-year extension in their stay.

Under the proposed policy, the government will grant multiple entry visas to Afghan students, investors, those with Pakistani spouses and patients.

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