UN expresses concern over Pakistan’s decision to expel 1m Afghan refugees

UN express deep over ’s decision to expel two million Afghan refugees one ’s time.

According to a statement, ’s cabinet decided to extend Afghan refugees’ stay only 30 days.

The decision comes as surprise the UN High Commission Refugees (UNHCR) and the Afghan embassy in Islamabad, which were expecting an extension six months.

are concerned,” UNHCR spokesman Qaiser Afridi said on Friday.

The UNHCR is undertaking a repatriation programme 1.4 million Afghans, most of them living in since their country was invaded by Soviet Russia in 1979.

Pakistani officials said there are hundreds of thousands of other Afghans residing in the country off the official radar, taking the estimated number beyond two million

Kabul was worried and would raise the with Pakistani authorities, said Zardasht Shams, an Afghan diplomat based in Islamabad, in a statement posted online.

The decision is seen as a knee-jerk reaction to mounting international pressure on Pakistan to take action against Afghan militant groups allegedly operating the country’s soil.

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced overnight that it would suspend almost all security assistance to Pakistan unless it takes action against Afghan militants.

Pakistan has announced moves to expel Afghan refugees several times in the recent past, as a reaction either to pressure by the U.S. or spikes in violence, but these decisions were never followed through.(dpa/NAN)