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Pakistan Unlikely to Extend Afghan Refugees’ Stay

ISLAMABAD: The extension in Afghan refugees’ stay in the country seems unlikely after June 2018 deadline.

The security officials have declared the unregistered refugees ‘a threat to national security,’ in light of Dai’sh’s presence in border areas.

The Annual security report of National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) has confirmed Dai’sh is on the rise in the country. The militant group has carried out several terrorist attacks in Sindh and K-P.

A cabinet meeting held on January 3, granted a 30-day extension to the refugees after the expiry of their stay on December 31, 2017.  This was the sixth and the shortest extension the government has ever given.

One of the government official present in the meeting said the majority of the cabinet members were against the idea of giving further relaxation the refugees.

Members of religious parties, who generally support the refugees’ stay, kept mum.

All participants of the meeting also agreed that effective January 1, 2018, the refugees may not be given an extension beyond June 2018.

The committees also decided that a comprehensive plan should be chalked out by taking

The committees also agreed to take all the provinces in confidence and draw a strategy for an immediate repatriation of the refugees after the end of June.

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