PESHAWAR – Amid repeated warnings on the part the government to illegal Afghan nationals to leave Pakistan, no practical step has been taken to send them back to Afghanistan, as the authorities are considering other options to avoid Afghans forcible repatriation.The government intends to launch awareness campaign for illegal Afghan refugees and extend their time to fully persuade the people to leave for their country and thus avoid creating tensions in relationship with Afghanistan. They are trying ways and means not to affect the diplomatic relation with Afghanistan and resolve the illegal afghan refugee matter with amicable manner.                     On the other hand, the Afghan nationals are of the view that giving warning by the Pakistani government was a routine matter and it is only for the cause of exerting pressure over the illegal afghan national. Few of them have refused to go as they were of the view that in that war torn country, there is no single facility of life avail there.                                                      Talking to the national elder of settled Mohmand tribes told TheNation that in the coming days, the issue of illegal Afghan national would be a serious matter in this country as some of these people have acquired Identity cards and entered to government departments. They said that beside this some criminal afghan national easily making their way after committing crime or terrorist activity as they can crass the border within one hour. Sources said that about one million unregistered Afghan nationals have been living in Pakistan illegally, out of whom 60 per cent reside in KPK alone. The provincial capital Peshawar hosts approximately 400,000 of them. However, any action to deport them to Afghanistan has not been taken so far because relationship with the Afghan government and some administrative hurdles are making the move impossible.There is a huge difference between the unregistered Afghan nationals and the Afghan refugees. Unregistered Afghans are those who have been living in Pakistan illegally and do not have proper documentation and registration, while the Afghan refugees are of those who have been living with having PoR cards. As far as the Afghan refugees carrying POR Cards are concerned, they have also been warned to windup their activities and businesses by December 31, 2012 and start preparation for their home country because no Afghan refugee would be granted permission to stay in Pakistan by year-end, the Home Department added.Officials said under an agreement among the Government of Pakistan, UNHCR and Afghanistan, the stay of 1.7 million Afghan refugees had been extended till December 31, 2012. So, the provincial government would not send back legal and registered Afghan refugees.Time and again, the KPK government tried to launch a crackdown against such undocumented Afghan nationals, but relationships with Afghan government and some administrative hurdles were making the deportation impossible, sources said. Officials said the local police would apprehend them under 14 Foreign Act for their certain deportation to Afghanistan. Recalling a similar previous drive against such Afghans, they added that the district administration Peshawar had given a month-long deadline to them on April 25 to leave the city by May 25 or face action.  After the expiry of the deadline, only a few Afghans illegally staying in Peshawar left for Afghanistan.Dozens of such families had reportedly shifted from Peshawar to Charsadda, Nowshera or Mardan so as to avoid any action against them, thus the campaign did not produce any positive results. Majority of the Afghan refugees are based in KPK and the adjoining Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), several thousand have also spread out to Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan in the years since the Afghan war. Apart from the Afghans, nationals of Central Asian countries, including Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, have also reportedly been living in KPK and Fata and have, in some cases, disguised themselves as Afghan nationals.