Pakistan can no more afford burden of 3 million Afghan refugees: Khawaja Asif

ISLAMABAD (Online): Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif has said that Pakistan could no more afford the burden of Afghan refugees.

“They (refugees) will have to be sent back to Afghanistan now at any costs,” said Asif, who is also holding the portfolio of defence minister, in a statement issued here on Thursday.

While commenting on skirmisher between Pakistan and Afghan forces along Torkham border and the tense situation arising out of the firing incidents.

He said “around 3 million Afghan refugees were living in Pakistan and they will now have to return to Afghanistan. Afghan refugees are affecting our economy and society.”

He said that the tension along Pak-Afghan border was a matter of grave concern for the government of Pakistan. “Afghanistan should not play into hands of others as it will lead to dire consequences,” he warned.  “No talks could be held without effective border management.

We handed over Angor Adda check post to Afghanistan for the sake of normalisation of relations,” he said.

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