KP cannot afford Afghan refugees any more: CM

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NOWSHERA: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has termed Afghan refugees a big problem and said that the province could not afford their presence anymore.

“The federal interior minister should prepare a strategy for repatriation of the registered and non-registered Afghan refugees. Now the Afghan refugees have to play their positive role for their own country,” said the chief minister while talking to media persons in his village Manki Sharif here on Friday.

Mr Khattak said that the law and order problem had been created mainly due to the presence of refugees. He said that he had met with the Afghan ambassador and federal minister Abdul Qadir Baloch and discussed with them the process of refugees’ repatriation in an honourable way.

He said that they had agreed to evolve a proper strategy for return of Afghan refugees after six month extension given by the federal government. However, he vowed that the repatriation of non-registered Afghan refugees through Torkham border would continue as the province could not afford their presence.

Answering a question, he said that the overall security situation in the province had improved.

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