KP govt refuses to extend deadline for Afghan refugees’ stay

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Tuesday refused to extend the stay of Afghan immigrants in the province.

Talking to media, KP government spokesman Mushtaq Ghani said that the province cannot bear the economic burden of keeping the Afghan refugees anymore. The deadline for Afghan refugees to stay in the country will expire on June 30. The KP provincial government had set June 30 as deadline for Afghan immigrants to get themselves registered in Pakistan.

Ghani said that KP cannot bear the load of more than three million Afghan refugees in the province.

He said if the federal government wished to extend the stay of Afghan settlers then it needs to establish refugee camps and shift the immigrants from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Punjab.

“After June 30, all Afghan refugees will be restricted to their camps and will not be allowed to move freely in the province,” he said.