BHC directs govt not to include Afghan refugees in population census

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QUETTA: Balochistan High Court Tuesday directed the federal and provincial governments not to include Afghan refugees in the population census, which will start tomorrow.
The divisional bench of the high court was hearing a petition filed by the leader of Balochistan National Party (BNP), Ghullam Nabi Marri.
The petitioner had stated that a large number of Afghan refugees were living in Balochistan for more than three decades. He feared the inclusion of Afghan refugees in the upcoming census and expressed concern over demographic changes in Balochistan.
Marri had also pointed out that a large number of Balochs were displaced as result of unrest in various districts of Balochistan during the last 15 years.
The BHC bench, comprising Justice Muhammad Hashim Khan Kakar and Abdullah Baloch, also directed the concerned quarters to include the internally displaced persons (IDPs) from various parts of Balochistan in the census.

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