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Afghan refugees stay in Pakistan extended till Dec 2017

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Feb 16, IRNA -- Representatives of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have signed a tripartite agreement allowing Afghan refugees to stay in Pakistan till the end of Dec 2017, UNHCR statement said.

All the sides on the occasion underlined the importance of moving expeditiously from policy to implementation to support the needs of Afghan refugees.

The government of Pakistan hosted the 28th Tripartite Commission meeting in Islamabad which was attended by the Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Quadir Baloch, Afghanistan's Minister of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) Sayed Hossein Alimi Balkhi, deputy Minister of Finance of Afghanistan, Mohammad Mustafa Mastoor.

The UN refugee agency was represented by country representatives based in Pakistan, Indrika Ratwatte and in Afghanistan Fathiaa Abdalla.

The Tripartite Commission is the formal body that governs the stay and return of Afghans since 2002. Under this agreement, some 4.1 million Afghan refugees have gone back to Afghanistan.

According to a recent report by UNHCR, 370,000 registered Afghan refugees left Pakistan in 2016 and still 1.3 million registered Afghan refugees are remaining in Pakistan. Also there are over 600,000 unregistered Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

UNHCR has no commitment towards those unregistered refugees.

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