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Afghanistan urges Pakistan not to use Afghan refugees as political tool

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Afghanistan urges Pakistan not to use Afghan refugees as political tool
 Pakistan government has recently set one month deadline for Afghan refugees to leave the host country although a one year extension for the stay of Afghan refugees was agreed between Kabul and Islamabad a month ago.
In an interview with The Kabul Times correspondent, Hafiz Miakhil, advisor to Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, said: “Repatriation of Afghan refugees is in top priorities of Afghanistan government, but the repatriation of the refugees in one month is not possible.”
“The issue of refugees was a human issue. We are urging Pakistan government not to use the issue as political tool and extend the stay of Afghan refugees for another one year as it was agreed a month ago.
Miakhil further said that Afghanistan government officials in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) would hold talks with Pakistan authorities in order to extend the stay of Afghan refugees for another one year.
Related to steps taken by Afghanistan government for repatriation of Afghan refugees in the past one year, advisor to ministry of refugees and repatriations said Afghanistan government had made efforts towards repatriation of Afghan refugees from foreign countries in particular Pakistan and Iran, adding that Afghanistan, Pakistan and UNHCR in a session in Swiss agreed on extension of the stay of Afghan refugees in the host country for another one year and the repatriation should be voluntarily.
Meanwhile, UNHCR while considering voluntarily repatriation of Afghan refugees to their home country as a principle stresses that pressure on Afghan refugees in Pakistan is against international convention.
“Those countries that have membership of International conventions should not put pressure on refugees who have left their home countries due to various reasons and obligations,” said Nadir Farhad, a spokesperson to UNHCR.
Lower House of Afghanistan parliament has also reacted regarding the issue and while considering setting one month deadline for Afghan refugees in the host country as a political stance taken by Pakistan asked the government to adopt necessary measure in this regard and provide repatriation facility for Afghan refugees.
The house stressed that presence of Afghan refugees in neighboring countries in particular Pakistan has caused pavement for the host country to interfere in internal affairs of Afghanistan.
Mirdad Nijrabi, a member of parliament says Pakistan has always misused of presence of Afghan refugees in its soil and used the issue of refugees as a political instrument against Afghanistan government, so it is the responsibility of Afghanistan government to pave the way for repatriation of Afghan refugees to the country.
Mustafa Zahir, a member of Senate, by pointing to expulsion of Afghan refugees from Pakistan says the issue will be addressed when security is maintained in Afghanistan the government should pave the way for repatriation of Afghan refugees prior to extraction of them by Pakistan government.
Three decades of war and crisis have caused that a large number of Afghans leave their home country for foreign countries in particular Pakistan and Iran although most of Afghan refugees have returned back during the past 16 years, but unfortunately migration is still a bitter fate of Afghans.
 

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