QUETTA - Federal Minister for Borders and Northern Areas Lieutenant General (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch said that Afghan refugees would voluntarily go to their country by 2015.

Talking to media here on Monday, he said, “We have discussed the issue with the Afghan minister concerned and a strategy is being evolved so that the refugees could go to their country with dignity.” The minister said Pakistan is providing all facilities to Afghan refugees at their camps, but no NGOs were providing relief to them. Over 300,000 Afghan refugees have been living in Pakistan, he added.

Responding to a query regarding purchase of property by Afghan refugees, he informed that a committee has been formed in this connection. “The committee would make recommendations and take steps to address such developments,” he added. He informed that wherever camps of Afghan refugees were set up in the country, over $500 million were being spent under RAHA programme.

To another query, he said that after withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 2014, the law and order situation would deteriorate in Afghanistan that might scare the refugees to go their homes.