ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch on Thursday made it clear that Afghan refugees will have to leave Pakistan “come what may”.

“Pakistan cannot host Afghan refugees for further period,” the federal minister said.

Qadir Baloch said Afghan refugees have occupied over one million jobs in Pakistan, thus creating financial problems for the locals.

“It is difficult for the locals in various cities to find jobs as over one million Afghan refugees are working in Pakistan,” the minister added.

The country’s economy is unable to bear the burden over two million refugees and “they (refugees) are left with no other option but to leave Pakistan”, said Baloch.

Editorial: Plight of Afghan refugees

The minister alleged that Afghanistan didn’t fulfil its promise regarding repatriation of refugees.

“Afghan government didn’t act upon the plan devised by Pakistan for repatriation of its citizens.”

Qadir Baloch termed the apprehensions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government regarding Afghan Refugees as genuine.

“The KP government is right in saying that Afghan refugees are hurting the economy and culture of the province beside their involvement in crimes,” the minister added.

Opinion

Editorial

Worsening hunger
08 Dec, 2022

Worsening hunger

THAT the dollar liquidity crunch has started hurting the import of essential items such as vegetables and raw...
Bannu beheading
08 Dec, 2022

Bannu beheading

IN the brutal world of militancy, there are few rules, and the most blood-curdling of methods are applied to spread...
Smog misery
08 Dec, 2022

Smog misery

IF 2022 has taught us anything, it is that generations of reckless disregard for Mother Nature has accrued very ...
Disquiet on the western front
Updated 07 Dec, 2022

Disquiet on the western front

IT is very difficult for Pakistan to be delinked from Afghanistan, because of reasons of geography and history.
Fuel from Russia
07 Dec, 2022

Fuel from Russia

THE apparent headway made with Russia for the purchase of its crude oil, petrol and diesel at discounted prices is a...
More women SHOs
07 Dec, 2022

More women SHOs

IT is encouraging to see more employment avenues opening up for women in Pakistan, with an increasing number of...