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Policy to register undocumented Afghan refugees on the anvil: CAR

PESHAWAR: Acting Commissioner for Afghan Refugees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said that an inclusive policy to register the unregistered refugees would be drafted within next two months.

Addressing a workshop the other day, organized by Commissionerate of Afghan Refugees (CAR) in collaboration with the UNHCR on protection of Afghan refugees, Waqar Maroof said the commissionerate in Islamabad, Ministry of SAFRON and NADRA are working jointly to formulate a coherent policy, containing modalities for the registration of unregistered Afghans in Pakistan and the policy is likely to be on ground in four months time.

He further told the participants that Afghan refugees could stay in Pakistan up to December 31, 2015 as per the agreement reached at the 25th Tripartite Commission meeting held at Islamabad in March 2015 among the Government of Pakistan, UNHCR and Afghanistan. The Ministry of SAFRON has sent a draft proposal to the ministries of Interior and Finance for seeking funds and once the funds were approved, the modalities of registration of the unregistered Afghan nationals would be put on place accordingly.
The parties to the said meeting had agreed to the intensified efforts in order to create an enabling environment for voluntary return and sustainable reintegration of returnees in Afghanistan, the Commissioner added.
Addressing the meeting, UNHCR Peshawar head Jacque Fraquin said the international organizations would abide by the agreements made with Pakistan regarding repatriation of Afghan refugees.
He said the parties are committed to undertake a joint fund raising initiatives led by Afghanistan, UNCHR and Pakistan to ensure resource mobilization for the implementation of enhanced voluntary return and reintegration package.

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