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Afghan refugees take shelter in Khyber Agency in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 26, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A large number of Afghan refugees have taken refuge in Khyber Agency in Pakistan's North- West Frontier Province (NWFP) after the demolition of Nasir Bagh, Azakhel and Katcha Gari refugee camps.

According to the Rawalpindi-based newspaper The News on Thursday, following the NWFP government's decision of evacuating the refugees from the three main camps and razing their homes, the refugees moved to tribal agencies including Khyber and Mohmand agencies.

Some of the refugees returned to Afghanistan, but those who are not willing to leave pakistan due to unfavorable conditions in their motherland, opted to stay at Bara, Jamrud and Landi Kotal of Khyber Agency and Yaka Ghund, Ghalanai etc of Mohmand Agency.

The refugees, mostly from Nangarhar province, are living in rented houses. They have badly affected the business of local people and are a burden on the local populace.

Some refugees were quoted as saying that they were not leaving for their country due to lack of basic facilities and worsening law and order there. They said the situation in Afghanistan was not conducive to their repatriation.

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