PESHAWAR: The federal cabinet has extended the stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan by one month.

The federal cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held its meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday and discussed new agreement with the Afghan government and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) regarding extension in stay of refugees in Pakistan.

According to a statement issued after the meeting, the stay of refugees has been extended by 30 days and the matter of repatriation of the refugees will be taken up with the UNHCR soon.

The duration of stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan expired on 31 December, 2017 after which the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) sent a summary to the prime minister to extend the validity of registration cards of the refugees by one year. However, the cabinet granted only one-month extension to the refugees arguing that the economy of Pakistan cannot bear the burden of refugees under prevailing circumstances.