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More than 1400 Afghan families ordered to leave Hazara

More than 1400 Afghan families ordered to leave Hazara

Nov 09, 2017 - 08:32

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): More than 1,400 Afghan families living in two refugee camps in the Hazara division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been ordered to leave the region by mid-December.

Notices have been served on the Afghan families to quit the camps that are being demolished to pave the way for the construction of a motorway.

“We are in the process of demolishing the Sheikhabad and Ichrian Afghan refugee camps as they come in the way of the motorway,” an official said.

District Administrator for Afghan Refugees Naeem Shahzad told journalists on Wednesday the Afghan families had been asked to shift elsewhere or return to their homeland before mid-December.

A high-level meeting decided on November 2 that the refugee camps would be demolished before Dec 15. No foreigner will be allowed to live within five kilometers radius of the sites of the project.

The deadline for the stay of Afghan refugees in the country will expire at the end of the current year. The refugees were urged to take advantage of the UNHCR package and return without delay.