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Pakistan mulls easing travel curbs for Afghan refugees

Pakistan mulls easing travel curbs for Afghan refugees

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Apr 04, 2017 - 12:58

ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon considers allowing Afghan refugees entry on production of proof of registration cards, obviating the need for visas, Minister of State and Frontier Regions Abdul Qader Baloch says.

Speaking to Afghan journalist here, Baloch said all political forces in Pakistan agreed on a single agenda regarding the future of Afghan refugees. In this regard, the cabinet recently gave the go-ahead to a joint strategy.

The new strategy, formulated jointly with the Afghan government, the refugees would be repatriated honorably to their homeland, said the minister, who has suggested letting the refugees travel between the two countries on proof of registration cards.

The registration process for 600,000 unregistered Afghan families would be set in motion soon, the minister added, thanking President Ashraf Ghani for paying proper attention to the issue and ordering measure for the repatriation of Afghans.

But the Afghan government and experts always have repeatedly blamed Pakistan for trying to use refugees as a tool to pressurising the war-torn country, with limited resources to absorb so many returnees.

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