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QUETTA: More than 175 million dollars have so far been spent under Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme. Of this 50 million dollars have been spent in Balochistan.

This was stated by Federal Minister Lt General (R ) Abdul Qadir Baloch at a briefing here Sunday.

He was accompanied by German Ambassador Ms Ina Lepel and Country Chief UNHCR Indrika Ratuatte.

He said four ambassadors had to arrive here for reviewing RAHA projects but for some reasons they could not come here. However their immediate next representatives had arrived here. He said their countries had contributed funds for RAHA projects.

He said RAHA project was needed as when Afghan Refugees came to Pakistan in 1979 local people suffered from multifarious difficulties. He said Pakistan hosted millions of Afghan refugees which is the largest number of refugees in the world and kept on hosting them for 35 years.

German Ambassador Ms Ina Lepo lauded Pakistan for its hospitality and assistance of local people for Afghan refugees.

Answering a question she said if there will be corruption any where action would be taken against it.

Answering another question Qadir Baloch said all area bordering Afghanistan such as Sherani, Zhob, Killa Saifullah, Loralai, Killa Abdullah, Noshki, Chagai and Quetta where RAHA programme was started.

Answering yet another question he said there are 2,81,000 registered Afghan refugees in Balochistan but real number is far bigger than this. It is close to one million.

Since situation in Afghanistan has not improved Afghan Refugees could not go back to their country. Date of their proof cards was to end on Dec 31, 2015 but no clear decision has been taken yet about repatriation fo Afghan refugees.

Answering another question eh said Pakistan has so far suffered over one billion dollars loss due to arrival of Afghan refugees in the country but international community has volunteered only 600 million dollars. Since Afghan refugees are our neighbours and Muslims and we have our traditions we had to own them and thus we suffered this loss headed.

Answering another question he said there are no proof any registered Afghan refugees was ever involved in terrorist activity. If so we would deal them according to law of state. Yes, some refugees are involved in street crimes because they are unemployed, he added.

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