Afghan refugees in Pak don’t want to return home
Peshawar: Afghan refugees in Peshawar are not willing to return to their country, despite the announcement of a December 31, 2012 deadline by the federal government.
"Our people are more comfortable here and we have established our businesses here... to leave Pakistan is impossible for us," The Express Tribune quoted Sardar Wali, who hails from Afghanistan`s Ningahar province, as saying.
Wali, who works at a carpet shop, said he was not ready to leave Pakistan, as it has been a homeland for his generation of people.
Wali`s family migrated to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) in 1980 during the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and settled at the Shamshato Camp.
"I was born and brought up in K-P, this is my hometown," he said, adding that he felt like an alien when he visited Afghanistan.
According to UNHCR Pakistan spokesperson Dunya Aslam Khan, there are currently 1.7 million registered Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, and an estimated million are living unregistered. She said around seven million have willingly returned to Afghanistan so far.
"Afghan refugees that take part in the voluntary repatriation programme are given 150 dollars per person in order to cover transportation costs and initial costs of settling back home," Khan said, adding that each family will also be given a card that guarantees them financial aid in Afghanistan.
Afghan Refugees Commissioner Syed Zaheerul Islam said every Afghan living in Pakistan after December 31 would be doing so illegally.
District Coordination Officer Javed Marwat said the government, the Afghan Commissionerate and UNCHR would hold a meeting soon to decide the future of the refugees and find a mutually beneficial way to return Afghans to their country.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Watch: How Russian special forces Spetsnaz will end terror of ISIS
- Panel discussion on BJP MLAs assaulting legislator Rashid inside J&K Assembly
- Two J&K MLAs clash over beef party issue in Legislative Assembly
- Vladimir Putin's attack on ISIS making America and NATO nations uneasy?
- Greater Noida women blames UP police for stripping off their clothes
- Latest condition of Navjot Singh Sidhu: Sherry Paaji making steady recovery!
- FIR against Asaduddin Owaisi for posting objectionable picture of Yogi Adityanath on Facebook
- Bihar has to choose between 'jungle raj' and 'vikas Raj': Narendra Modi
- Shocking! Saudi employer chops off Indian maid's hands
- Salman Khan's songs: Best five!