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PESHAWAR, 30 August: The unregistered Afghan refugees living in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would take a sigh of relief as the provincial government on Tuesday announced that no police case would be registered against them till November 15.

“On the recommendations of the federal government, the unregistered Afghan refugees living in KP will not be harassed by the police till November 15. After that, they will have to register themselves,” said KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak while talking to media persons after attending a high level meeting on the issue of repatriation of Afghan refugees.

KP Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser presided over the meeting. Parliamentary leaders of different political parties, provincial police chief Nasir Durrani an d Rustam Shah Mohmand, who has been appointed as focal person by the KP government for the Afghan refugees issue.

The chief minister said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is bound to follow the federal government. He added that the provincial government did not force Afghan refugees to leave the country.

“The federal government has given December 31 deadline to the registered Afghan refugees and the unregistered Afghan nationals have been asked to register themselves till November 15. Till then, police will not register FIRs against them,” the chief minister maintained.

Pervez Khattak urged the federal government to prepare a policy for those Afghan nationals who come to Pakistan for education and health facilities. He added that the KP government would follow the policy in letter and spirit.

Earlier, an official of the Ministry of Safron briefed the meeting about the status of Afghan refugees in Pakistan and the commitments Pakistan has had with international organizations.