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Afghan refugees in Pakistan seek extension in stay

AT-KABUL: After a three-day by the Kurram Agency administration for Afghan refugees to leave the area, a number of elders of Afghan refugees urged the Pakistani government to avoid sending them back to Afghanistan until completion of the academic session of their children.

They told Pakistani media outlets on the other day that they considered Pakistan as their second home, but the way the Afghan nationals were forced to leave the country was humiliating.

The members of the Afghan Shura included Dr. Riaz Sherafzai, Dr. Sharafat, Haji Ghufran, Mohammad Ali and Tooryali, Pakistani news agency, Dawn reported.

“We want to go back, but our children are yet to complete their academic session in different educational institutions in Pakistan and they need to stay at least to appear in their examinations,” said the elders.

Riaz said that Afghan refugees stayed in Pakistan for a long time, but even then if the government wanted to expel them it should devise a plan to facilitate them.

He said that shelter, ration and other basic facilities should be ensured to them otherwise the people would be unable to bear the harsh cold weather in Afghanistan.

He also said that Afghan people stayed here as guests for such a long period and Pakistanis had held them in high esteem by extending all possible assistance. However, in case they were forced to leave in haste it might cause hatred between the people of the two countries.

Similarly, Peace for Pakistan and Afghanistan chairman Raayatullah Khan also demanded of the government to avoid arrest of Afghan nationals and let them live in Pakistan as millions of children were born and grown up here and they had buried bodies of their relatives in local graveyards.

He said that police should stop action against Afghan nationals as most of them possessed their proof of registration (PoR) cards.

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