Afghan refugees living in Pakistan's semi-autonomous region Kheybar Pakhtunkhuwa have been given one month to either leave the country or they risk facing detention, Pakistani media reported.
To send "illegal" Afghans back to their country, the district administration in Peshawar had initially set May 25 as a deadline to leave before local police would apprehend the Afghans and deport them or detain them.
Some Afghan refugees currently staying in the Kheybar Pakhtunkhuwa refugee camp raised their concerns about the issue, asking the government of Afghanistan to pay serious attention in order to solve the problem.
"Pakistan gave us one month notice to exit, but we are working here, we have built a living here," one of the refugees told TOLOnews in Peshawar.
"The [Afghan] government should try hard to tackle this issue."
Representative of Afghanistan's Ministry of Immigrants and Repatriates Abdul Hamid Jalili said that government together with the Afghan general consulate in Kheybar Pakhtunkhuwa are in negotiations with Pakistani officials.
"To solve the issue, Ministry of Immigrants and Repatriates together with General Consulate of Afghanistan in the state of Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa are negotiating with Pakistani officials," Jalili said.
The Government of Pakistan, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Afghanistan have already signed an agreement to extend the stay of 1.7 million registered Afghan refugees residing in 42 camps and urban areas in Pakistan until December 31, 2012.
Pakistan has been sheltering the largest Afghan refugee population since the early 1980s. Officials said that in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa alone, a total of 1.2 million Afghans, including 400,000 "illegals", live.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International has voiced its concern over human rights violations in Pakistan's tribal region.
Amnesty's secretary general Salil Shetty said that it was clear some parts of Pakistan were now a "human rights free" zone.
"I think in the northwest frontier, Baluchistan, Swat and many of the border areas, the autonomous tribal regions of Pakistan, we have seen a complete suspension of human rights," Shetty said.
"Whether it's the government or whether it's US drone strikes, I think there's a complete lack of transparency and impunity for crimes which are completely out of synch with international human rights standards," he said, according to media reports.
Source: Tolo News