By Abbas Ali Chohan
ISLAMABAD (APP): Hosting a sizeable number of Afghan Refugees that is more than 3 million for a long period of about four decades reflects Pakistan 's goodwill gesture towards a brotherly country Afghanistan .
Talking to APP, an Aghan Refugee Abdullah Khan said, "I was born here in Pakistan got the education now I am doing a job in a private engineering office; I think it is honor for me but my family wants to go back to their home country - so I would like to deliver the services in Afghanistan ."
He said that Pakistan was a great brotherly country of Afghanistan , thousands of people got the technical, professional and skilled education and were delivering their services back in Afghanistan and playing role in the development of the country.
He said they were seven siblings and with the blessing of God all were well educated and by the next year they would go back to their home town.
Nasarullah Khan a vendor at Pirwadhi said that most of his family members have returned to Afghanistan because the environment of peace was better as compared to the past decades and so there were many opportunities for the laborers, skilled workers, and professionals in Afghanistan .
The border between the two countries remained open for welcoming the refugees since 1979.
These refugees reached Pakistan and started living in the different parts of the country, especially Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and Baluchistan. The refugees entered through the Torkham Border near Peshawar and Chaman border near Quetta. With the support of United Nations HighÂ Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), two major camps were also established for the registration process of Refugees: one camp was setup in Jalozai in Noshera District and other was established in Baleli Baluchistan.
However, due to the limited resources, the country in general and the two provinces were badly affected economically and socially after a huge migration of the Afghan refugees .
According to the data of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 1.9 million refugees were registered while same number was un- registered afghan refugees . Almost a generation of Afghan refugees has grown up in Pakistan who knows very little about their home country, Afghanistan .
Around 1.3 million registered refugees are living in different parts of the country , while around 33 percent Proof of Registration (PoR) holders are living in the camps and 67 percent living off-camps, 74 percent children of refugees born in Pakistan whereas 70 per cent are under age 24.
Recently Ministry of SAFRON called a meeting of Parliamentarian parties on the issue of Repatriation and Management policy for Afghan refugees .
Chief Minister of KPK Pervaiz Khattak said that after the attack onÂ Army Public School (APS) and Mardan University it has been ground that Afghans were involved in this heinous act.
Now in the current situation, Pakistan is not in a position to further extend time to Afghan refugees due to rise in ratio in unemployment, overloadeded health and education sector. The country has demanded from the international community for peaceful repatriation of the refugees as in major parts of Afghanistan peace has been restored.
Pakistani government has already held several dialogues with the Afghan government for the safe return of Afghan refugees and the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani has taken the repatriation process positively and has promised that Afghanistan will accommodate its refugees in different phases.
In this regard, the Embassy of Afghanistan is playing a vital role and holding meetings with the elder of Afghan refugees for the voluntarily repatriation. The Embassy has also launched a campaign with the slogan of Khpal watan, gul watan (One's own country is like flower) for attracting the refugees for peaceful return.
Afghan government is providing agriculture land and other facilities to the returned refugees in the provinces of Jalalabad and Qandhar.
All political parliamentary parties are on one page and wanted the early, safe, respectful and peaceful repatriation of all refugees, and have proposed to extend the date of Voluntarily repatriation till December 31, 2017.