Afghan refugees to be awarded study & business visas, NA told

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt. General (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch on Friday said the children of the Afghan refugees who were studying in Pakistan would be awarded study visas while business visas would also be given to those refugees having business in the Country.


While speaking in the National Assembly during question hour, the minister said those Afghan refugees who were unregistered and living illegally in the Pakistan would be send back strictly.

Lt. General (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch said it was decided in the All Parties Conference (APC) held in Islamabad last year that afghan refugees would be send back to their origin Country.

The minister said the repatriation of those migrants would be made possible with a suitable way so that they would not face any difficulty.

Furthermore, the SAFRON minister also informed the House that no Frontier regions/areas of Balochistan fall under the ambit/ jurisdiction of the Ministry of SAFRON.

The minister said as far as development works carried out in Pashtun border areas, since June 2013 and their district wise-details, the Balochistan government may be consulted.

The SAFRON minister no development funds pertaining to Balochistan were routed through the ministry.

However, he added, under the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) projects, 36 projects costing Rs 743.38 million had been executed since 2013 in four Pashtun bordering districts of Balochistan.

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