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Afghan refugees in Pakistan resist pressure

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Despite pressure from Islamabad and incentives from the UN, the vast majority of the 1.6 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan are still refusing to return to a country gripped by war and poverty. 

Afghan refugees arrive at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) registration centre on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan before their departure to their home country. Despite pressure from Islamabad and incentives from the UN, the vast majority of the 1.6 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan are still refusing to return to a country gripped by war and poverty.

"Some people think that the security situation has improved in Afghanistan, but they're wrong," said Malak Nader, who represents 500 families in the Jalala refugee camp on the outskirts of Mardan, a farming town in northwestern Pakistan.

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