NEWYORK: The United Nations spokesman, Stephane Dujarric said this at a regular briefing in New York.
Dujarric said that, the UN lauds Pakistan for adding six month extension to the stay of registered Afghan refugees residing in the country.
Pakistan has the world’s second largest refugee population, with more than 1.5 million registered, and about a million unregistered, refugees from Afghanistan.
The number of Afghans voluntarily returning home has plunged this year as violence worsens in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Pakistani Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has urged the international community to prioritize the issue of Afghan refugees and help Pakistan and Afghanistan in their repatriation and resettlement in an honourable and sustainable manner. -Radio Pakistan