Pakistanis flee into Afghanistan


Pakistanis flee into Afghanistan
By Alastair Leithead
BBC News, Kabul

Thousands of Pakistanis have fled into Afghanistan with the security situation deteriorating in Pakistan's tribal regions over the past week.

Hundreds of families, comprising some 6,000 mainly women and children, have been crossing the border.

The UN refugee agency says clashes between Pakistan's Shia and Sunni groups have forced people to flee.

It is the first time so many people have crossed this way as for years it was Afghans fleeing fighting.

It's the first time that we see this in very large numbers

Salvatore Lombardo, UNHCR

The refugees have been crossing the border between Pakistan's tribal areas and south-eastern Afghan provinces.
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So is Pakistan's North West Frontier and Swat Valley area becoming more unstable than Afghanistan? This may be an indicator off what is to come . It takes a lot to make people flee in the winter months particularly.
Is this really news. They have been doing this since 2006 as far as i am aware and more than likely since long before then.

Alot of them will be Afghans who left during the Taliban regime who are now thinking better the devil you know.

The problems alot of them have is going back to villages and land that has been moved into by somebody else. Que Tribal Fighting.

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