The United Nations refugee agency says it has decided to end its aid program for Afghan refugees in Pakistan to encourage more of them to return home.
Hasim Utkan told reporters in (Pakistan's northwest city of) Quetta (Saturday) the U-N High Commissioner for Refugees (U-N-H-C-R) will launch a new program inside Afghanistan to provide assistance for refugees returning to the war-torn country. Mr. Utkan did not say when aid would end for more than two-million Afghans still in Pakistan.
The U-N-H-C-R country representative said around 45-thousand Afghans had been voluntarily repatriated in the past 10 days. He also said one-thousand more refugees return home each day from camps in Pakistan's North West Frontier province.