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  • Repatriation of Afghans slowing as conditions in Pakistan improve: UN

    The number of Afghan refugees in Pakistan returning to their homeland is expected to decrease this year, United Nations (UN) officials said Thursday, after a record number of repatriations in 2016 sparked fears of a humanitarian crisis...

    Some 32,000 registered refugees have returned from Pakistan since April 3, when repatriations for the year began following the winter, the body said...

  • 'Pull factors' can help re-integrate Afghans returning from Pakistan: Sartaj

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday suggested that with the support of the international community, United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) should assist the Afghan government in creating pull factors inside Afghanistan which would be helpful in the re-integration of Afghans returning from Pakistan...

    Mr Guterres is on a three-day ‘Ramazan Solidarity’ visit to Pakistan from June 22 to June 24...

  • Afghans asked not to enter Pakistan without valid documents

    LANDI KOTAL: Security guards at the Torkham border on Tuesday made announcements on loudspeakers warning Afghan nationals against travelling to Pakistan without valid documents...

    Local sources said that the announcements were repeatedly made throughout the day in order to apprise the visiting Afghans at the border that the last date for allowing Afghans without legal documents had expired and no one would be given any relaxation from...

  • Sound byte: ‘The more Afghans trust Pakistan, the worse off we are’

    Q: Why do you think, from an Afghan perspective, have relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan taken a turn for the worst?A: The Afghan president took a lot of flak at home over trusting Pakistan and trying to get a security agreement signed between our two intelligence agencies...

    [Earlier this year] he took the level of cooperation to a whole new level, assuming that Pakistan was willing to bring the Taliban to the negotiating...

  • Afghans push India for more arms, despite Pakistan's wary eye

    NEW DELHI: India is set to deliver more arms to Afghanistan to help it fight militants, Kabul's envoy to New Delhi said, even if Pakistan is wary of closer military cooperation between countries lying to its east and west...

    India has provided a little over $2 billion in economic assistance to Afghanistan in the last 15 years, but has been more measured in providing weapons in order to avoid a backlash from Pakistan...

  • 10 Afghans arrested for trying to sneak into Pakistan

    LANDI KOTAL: An Afghan national was injured after khasadar force opened fire on a group trying to enter Pakistan without legal travel document on Monday night...

    Officials said that a khasadar patrolling party signalled a group of at least 10 Afghans who were trying to clandestinely cross the border at midnight about a kilometre north of the main border crossing...

  • More than 380,000 Afghans return from Pakistan in 2016: UNHCR

    More than 380,000 registered Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan this year, the highest number since 2007, the United Nations said Friday, adding it handed out $135 million in cash assistance in the last three months alone...

    Fears of a crackdown on refugees in Pakistan along with a doubling of the UN's cash grant for voluntary returnees to $400 saw a surge over the border after July this year, the UN has said...

  • UN envoy terms stay of Afghans in Pakistan ‘a protracted refugee crisis’

    NOWSHERA: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi has described the decades-long stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan as “a protracted refugee crisis” and urged the world community not to forget the displaced people...

    Calls film star Mahira Khan powerful advocate for highlighting refugees’ issuesThe high commissioner said the stay of Afghans in Pakistan for nearly four decades was one of the longest...

  • Gritty Afghans stun Pakistan

    BRISTOL: Afghanistan launched their ICC World Cup campaign with a superb performance against Pakistan on Friday, winning by three wickets in a tight warm-up here at the Bristol County Ground...

    It was another disappointing outing for Pakistan, having been beaten in their last 10 ODIs prior to this fixture...

  • ‘Pakistan best place for investment’

    KARACHI: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan today is more secure and peaceful and is the best country in the region for investment and entrepreneurs ought to take full advantage of the situation...

    Inaugurating the four-day Pakistan International Trade Fair at Karachi Expo Centre (PITF) on Thursday, Mr Mamnoon said that the participation of 20 countries in the fair is manifestation of the confidence of global community...

  • Pakistan bowling attack among world’s best, says Sarfraz

    SHARJAH: Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on Friday said Pakistan had one of the best bowling attacks in the world and that had played a key role in his side surging to a 4-0 lead in the ODI series against Sri Lanka with just one match remaining...

    Pakistan’s seven-wicket win in Sharjah on Friday continued their run of success in ODIs that had begun with the ICC Champions Trophy which they had won handsomely...

  • Pakistan’s best chance to go for clean sweep over WI: Mohsin

    KARACHI: Former opener, chief selector and coach Mohsin Khan on Wednesday lauded Pakistan’s fine victory over the West Indies in the first Test at Kingston and said Pakistan must seize this opportunity to inflict a clean sweep against the West Indies and create history...

    “Our bowlers and batsmen both performed well to beat the West Indies and go one up in the series, but they must realise that this is the best opportunity to go for a...

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