Pakistan to bar Afghan refugees after NATO leaves

Last Updated: Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 16:14

Islamabad: Pakistan won`t allow Afghan refugees to enter the country after the withdrawal of NATO forces from war-torn Afghanistan in 2014, a minister said.

"Pakistan will not welcome fresh influx of refugees from Afghanistan and use all legal channels in collaboration with the international community to block entry of Afghans on the border," the Dawn newspaper quoted Pakistan`s State and Frontier Regions Minister Lt.Gen. (retd.) Abdul Qadir Baloch as saying Friday.

The minister said Pakistan would utilise all options to stop Afghan refugees from crossing over the border.

"In case Afghanistan is unstable, then the local residents will be left with no choice but to flee to Pakistan but even then, we won`t welcome them," he said.

IANS

First Published: Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 16:14

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