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Afghan Refugees plight: Trilateral meeting to be held soon

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: In a bid to resolve the challenges faced by Afghanistan refugees in Pakistan, a trilateral meeting between Kabul, Islamabad and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) would be held soon, said an official source on Monday.

Spokesman for the UNHCR, Nader Farhad, told Radio Azadi the trilateral meeting would be held in Islamabad next month.

“All the problems faced by Afghan refugees in Pakistan would be discussed in the trilateral talks,” he said.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) recently called on Pakistan to stop forced repatriation of Afghan refugees.

Deputy Director of HRW’s Asia division, Phelim Kine, said that Pakistan should not scapegoat Afghan refugees because of the Taliban’s atrocities in Peshawar.

Kine said that Pakistani authorities should protect Afghan refugees from harassment, including those who don’t have legal stay documents.

Following a terrorist attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan pressurized Afghan refugees to leave the country.

According to reports, over 24,000 families of Afghan refugees have repatriated from Pakistan last month to escape harassment.

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