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Return of Pakistani refugees from Khost set to resume

Return of Pakistani refugees from Khost set to resume

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Apr 20, 2017 - 08:56

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Displaced by a military offensive in the tribal region of Waziristan, thousands of Pakistani tribesmen are set to return from neighbouring Afghanistaninfo-icon.

As a result of the 2014 operation in the restive tribal region, at least 7,000 tribespeople had fled to southeastern Afghanistan. Of them, 2,500 have already returned to their homes.

The process would resume on Friday via the Ghulam Khan check-post, the area’s top administrator told journalists on Wednesday. The required arrangements have been put in place by the political administration.

Political Agent Kamran Khan Afridi told reporters many of the tribal people had migrated to Khost province due to Operation Zarb-i-Azb militants. Over a million civilians were displaced from North Waziristan.

With the support from the UN and its partner organisations, the Afghan government had granted the refugees shelter. Their return was suspended after the closure of all border crossings by Pakistaninfo-icon in mid-February.

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