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Afghan gov’t seeks int’l support to Pakistani refugees

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KABUL, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) — The Afghan government on Thursday asked the international community for assisting Pakistan’s tribal people who have recently been seeking refuge in Afghanistan.

“Foreign Ministry has contacted UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) demanding international community’s assistance to these refugees,” Afghan foreign ministry spokesman Sultan Ahmad Baheen told newsmen at a press briefing.

Some 600 families, or several thousand individuals, from northwestern Pakistan’s Kurram and Waziristan tribal areas, according to Afghan sources have migrated to Afghanistan’s eastern Khost and Paktia provinces due to sectarian violence and militancy in the semi-autonomous tribal belt close to Afghan border.

Baheen also said that the Afghan government had provided some humanitarian assistance to the newly arrived Pakistani refugees.

Parts of Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan have been the scene of Taliban-led militancy and conflicts between militants and government troops over the past almost six years since the collapse of Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

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Written by afghandevnews

January 6, 2008 at 6:00 am

Posted in Refugees

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