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Pakistan Sets One Month Deadline for 1.4 Million Afghan Refugees

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Pakistan has set one month deadline for 1.4 million Afghan refugees, who lost their legal residency status at the end of 2017, to leave the country.

Although, a one year extension for the stay of Afghan refugees was agreed between Kabul and Islamabad, but the move came after tense U.S.-Afghanistan relations with Pakistan over harboring terror groups.

The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations on Friday said that under a trilateral agreement with Afghanistan and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Pakistan was supposed to consider a one-year extension in the validity of the Proof of Registration (PoR) cards for the refugees.

“Together with UNHCR, we will raise the issue with Pakistan to extend the stay of Afghan refugees for another one year,” said, Hafiz Ahmad Miakhail, a spokesman for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations.

At the same time, Kabul is urging Islamabad not to use Afghan refugees as a political tool, adding that the repatriation of 1.4 million refugees are not possible in the next one month.

In contrary with the international conventions, Pakistan has always increased pressures on Afghan refugees when the relations between the two countries were tense.

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Afghan students call on Muttaqi to help them return to India to complete their studies  

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Dozens of Afghan students met with the acting Foreign Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) Amir Khan Muttaqi on Monday in Kabul and shared their concerns with him, the foreign ministry said. 

Hafiz Zia Ahmad, Deputy Spokesman and Assistant Director of Public Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said dozens of students attended the meeting and asked the acting foreign minister to help them return to India to resume studies that were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In his speech to the students, Muttaqi said they were an asset to the country and assured them that he would do his best to help them return to India to complete their studies.

“Mr. Muttaqi said that access to the problems of Afghan students is a priority and in this regard he will assign the relevant officials to share the demands of the students with the Indian Embassy and find solutions to the problems,” Ahmad tweeted.

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250 health care students graduate in Nimroz province 

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Almost 250 young men and women graduated from a private health care institute in Nimroz province after studying midwifery, nursing or pharmacy. 

The graduates all received their diplomas on Monday, and according to officials from the institute, the students could possibly be employed by Nimroz public health department. 

Officials said health care centers in the city and districts of Nimroz province need more staff.

“We had almost 250 graduates, most of whom are women, and we had graduates in seven departments, which included midwifery, nursing, pharmacy, dental and laboratory,” said Juma Khan Nisar, head of the health institute in Nimroz. 

Graduates meanwhile pointed out that health care centers and clinics in the province are seriously short-staffed and have requested that employment opportunities are made available for them. 

“Today, I am very happy that I received my diploma, and my request to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is to provide a work environment for us,” said Fatima, a graduate. 

The Directorate of Public Health of Nimroz said that in the current situation, educated youths could provide good services to the people.

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Two killed, 20 wounded in Herat shootings

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Two people were killed and 20 others were wounded when gunmen opened fire at two vehicles carrying civilian employees of the 207 Al-Farooq Army Corps in Herat on Monday, sources said.

The vehicles were on their way to the army corps headquarters when the shootings happened in the fourth and fifth districts of the provincial capital, also Herat.

A source in the 2017 Al-Farooq Army Corps said that the 20 injured in the shootings included two children and 18 employees of the corps.

According to police, one attacker was killed and two others fled following the incident.

Defense ministry’s spokesman also confirmed the death of two army personnel.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

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