PESHAWAR - Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter has welcomed the extension in stay of Afghan refugees in the country.

Three month more extension by the federal government to the Afghan refugees is appreciated, the JI Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Mushtaq Ahmad Khan said in a statement here on Monday.

Pakistan has brotherly relations with neighbouring Afghanistan, thus, forcing refugees to go back to their country would have a negative impact on relations between the two countries, he said.

He said that Afghan refugees have been living in Pakistan for the last 40 years. So, their repatriation with honour is need of the time. Sending them forcibly would certainly widen mistrust between government to government and people to people, he added.

He said that Afghan refugees were passing through difficult times and they need help.

The JI provincial chief said that government should make clear its strategy on refugees’ issue. “We welcome stay of Afghan refugees till March 2017,” he said.