APTOPIX Pakistan Afghan Refugees

August 23, 2012 - 1:42 PM
In this Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, Afghan refugee girl, laiba Hazrat, 5, sits on a bed next to her sleeping granfather, outside their home in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees are in limbo as Pakistan, increasingly frustrated with hosting the world's largest and longest-running refugee population, weighs whether to renew their refugee status by the end of this year. A large-scale return of the 1.7 million Afghan refugees currently living in Pakistan would be a massive problem for Afghanistan at a time when it's already struggling to maintain security in the face of an American troop withdrawal. But Pakistan increasingly seems to be angry at a refugee population that many feel has overstayed its welcome. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)