Pakistan on Wednesday allowed Afghan refugees to live legally in the country for another six months, extending a tripartite agreement that was due to expire at the end of the current month.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf extended the Pakistan-Afghanistan-UNHCR agreement on the repatriation of Afghan refugees at a high-level meeting in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat in Islamabad.
The decision came after a presentation on the repatriation policy for the Afghan refugees living in Pakistan. Ashraf ordered the creation of a committee to monitor the repatriation process, a statement from the Prime Minister’s House said.
As many as 200,000 refugees could be repatriated up by the end of 2012 from Pakistan, where 1.6 million registered and one million unregistered Afghans are still residing.
Minister of Interior Rehman A. Malik, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan and senior officials attended the meeting.