Afghan refugees in Pakistan reluctant to return home

Refugees will be bound to return to Afghanistan after 30 days, according to new regulations

Afghan refugees in Pakistan reluctant to return home

World Bulletin / News Desk

Samiullah Abdullah, 12, is among the several thousand grandchildren of the Afghan war, who are seeking refuge in Pakistan.

His parents were born in Pakistan in the 1980s, when then Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in what followed a nine-year-long war.

“I have never been to Afghanistan. I know nothing about my country. But people here call me an Afghan,” he said.

Abdullah is among the 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan whose fate hangs in the balance after Pakistan refused to extend their duration of stay for another year.

In a meeting chaired by Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the capital Islamabad on Wednesday, it was decided that the validity of their residency documents, called Proof of Registration cards, will only be extended for 30 days -- after which they will have to return to their home country.

The issue will be raised with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the international community, said a statement released after the meeting.

"Pakistan’s economy has carried the burden of hosting Afghan refugees since long and in the present circumstances it cannot sustain it further," it added.

 

 

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