Afghan delegation protests harassment of refugees in Pakistan
A visiting Afghan parliamentary delegation on Monday complained about the harassment of Afghan refugees in Pakistan in the aftermath of a deadly Taliban attack on an army-run school here last December.
Peshawar: A visiting Afghan parliamentary delegation on Monday complained about the harassment of Afghan refugees in Pakistan in the aftermath of a deadly Taliban attack on an army-run school here last December.
The Afghan delegation, led by Minister for Refugees and Repatriation Syed Hussain Balkhi, met with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Mehtab Ahmad Khan and Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and discussed cooperation between the two countries.
The Afghan minister complained that the police was harassing Afghan refugees in Peshawar and their houses were being raided in the aftermath of Peshawar school attack last December that killed over 150 people, mostly students.
The ghastly attack was claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), whose leader Maulana Fazlullah is believed to be operating from Afghanistan.
The minister further said that Afghan government was devising comprehensive strategy for repatriation of the Afghan refugees and sought Pakistan's support in this regard.
The KP governor denied harassment of the Afghan refugees and said that the registered Afghan refugees were living in Pakistan without any problem.
He said that despite bad economic condition, Pakistan has taken care of the Afghan refugees for more than 30 years. He assured the Afghan delegation that registered Afghan refugees in custody, if any, would be released soon.