Kabul: Around 100,000 people, who were forced to leave their houses in the wake of Pakistan army operations against terrorists in North Waziristan, have taken refuge in Afghanistan, officials said.
“Up to 30,000 families who fled their houses due to military operations in North Waziristan have migrated to Khost province and settled in Gulan camp of Garbaz district and other parts of Khost province,” Mohammad Mubariz Zadran, spokesman for Khost provincial government, told Xinhua.
Without giving an exact number of the refugees taking shelter in Khost province, Zadran said that “probably some 70,000 Pakistani refugees are living across Khost province”.
The Afghan government, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and other aid agencies have provided humanitarian assistance, including food stuff to the refugees, Zadran added.
Meanwhile, spokesman for Paktika provincial government, Mukhlis Afghan, in talks with Xinhua, said that around 10,000 families probably consisting of some 30,000 individuals from North Waziristan have taken shelter in Paktika province and settled in different parts of the province.