PESHAWAR, 25 June: The federal government has hinted at extension in the deadline for repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch said Pakistan wants to repatriate all Afghan nationals by 31 December. However, he said it is to be seen that how far it would be possible.
The minister said the Pakistan government is in regular contact with Afghan officials for repatriation of the refugees. He said any decision on extension of deadline for sending back the refugees will be taken by the federal cabinet.
According to an agreement between the Pakistan government and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), the 1.5 million registered refugees in Pakistan will go back to Afghanistan by the end of current year. A very large number of unregistered Afghans also live in Pakistan.
The Pakistan government and Afghan Commissionerate have also decided to initiate registration of unregistered Afghan refugees from current month.