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Pakistan to register undocumented refugees within month: Balkhi

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Pakistan has pledged to register 1.5 million undocumented refugees within a month, said the Minister of Refugees and Repatriation.

Talking to newsmen about his recent trip to Pakistan, Balkhi said that Islamabad has agreed that it would not force refugees to leave.

A delegation led by Balkhi visited Pakistan last week, where it held trilateral meeting with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Pakistani officials to discuss the fate of Afghan refugees.

“Pakistan has also agreed to stop harassing Afghan refugees,” Balkhi said.

He added that Afghan delegation in its meeting with Pakistan officials stressed on voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees.

An official in the Afghan embassy in Islamabad termed recent trip of the Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Sayed Husain Alemi Balkhi as fruitful.

Refugee affairs attaché at the Afghan embassy in Islamabad, Misri Khan Momand, told Azadi Radio that Balkhi paid a timely visit to Pakistan and his trip was fruitful in resolving the challenges faced by Afghan refugees.

He said that the Afghan delegation also requested Pakistan to extend stay of registered Afghan refugees.

However, some Pakistani media outlets recently reported that Islamabad has turned down Kabul’s request to extend the stay of Afghan refugees.

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