• publish: 1 February 2018
  • time: 12:44 pm
  • category: International
  • No: 5492
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Afghan refugees stay for 2 months later: Pakistan cabinet

The Pakistani government extended the stay of documented Afghan refugees in their country for two months, on Wednesday

At a federal cabinet meeting in Islamabad, in the presence of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi,the decision have been taken.

Pakistan has been home to a total of 2.5 million Afghans.

Earlier in the day, the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) recommended a five-month extension in the stay of Afghan refugees.

In its recommendation, the ministry said it was implausible to ask more than a million refugees to leave the country and return to their homeland, which does not have the capacity to absorb the returnees.

As Afghan Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak and spymaster Masoom Stanikzai arrived in Islamabad in cabinet’s weekly meeting they announced that: The legal refugee status of many Afghan residents in Pakistan expired on January 31.

Proof of Registration’ (PoR) cards for the Afghans have thus been extended for seven times. The previous extension, the shortest, was for a month only.

At least 1.38 million registered Afghan refugees are currently residing in Pakistan , most of them for decades. This population is in addition to a million undocumented refugees.

 

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