Pakistan extends stay of Afghan refugees by two months

PESHAWAR: The federal government has extended the stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan by two months.

The deadline for the legally residing Afghan refugees in Pakistan expired on Wednesday after which the federal cabinet during a meeting on Wednesday evening granted two months extension in their stay. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired the meeting.

The extension in stay of Afghan refugees has been granted amid tense relations between the two countries after Afghanistan alleged that the planning of two terror attacks in Kabul was carried out in Pakistan. In this regard, Afghan intelligence chief Masoom Stanikzai and interior minister Waris Barmak visited Pakistan on Wednesday and held a meeting with Prime Minister Abbasi.

Sources said the Afghan government wanted extension for Afghan refugees stay in Pakistan till the end of this year, but the Pakistani security agencies did not accept that demand. The security agencies have several times expressed concerns over law and order issues