Baloch calls on international community to help Pakistan in repatriation of Afghan refugees

Pakistan is host to 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees


June 25, 2015
UN High Commissioner lauds Pakistan's efforts for hosting world's largest pool of refugees over four decades. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has urged the international community to help Pakistan in the repatriation of Afghan refugees, Radio Pakistan  reported on Thursday.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Baloch acknowledged that the sustainable return of refugees to Afghanistan depended on the state of security and living conditions in the country.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres also attended the press conference.

Read: Acting president assures cooperation for resettlement of Afghan refugees

Baloch reiterated the need for international support and resources to ensure better living opportunities for the returning refugees.

Pakistan is host to 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees.

The government is likely to commence the registration of around one million undocumented Afghan migrants in July, followed by the issuance of travel documents by the Afghan government, Baloch said.

Read: UNHCR chief praises K-P govt for hosting Afghan refugees

COMMENTS (1)

Shakeel Ahmad Paracha | 6 years ago | Reply They must be sent back to their homeland as soon as possible.We annot afford their presence n our country any more. The dishonest Pakistan regimes misappropriate the funds received from UNHCR & other sources & let Afghanis allow to run their illegal business houses in Pakistan depriving the Pakistan nationals fom their bread earning
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