Afghan refugees registration to start from July 25
Waqar Maroof, acting commissioner for the commissionerate of Afghan Refugees, told Dawn.com around one million undocumented Afghans would be registered across the country.
The national database and registration authority (Nadra) had been tasked with carrying out the exercise, which would be completed in six months.
“This exercise will enable the government to get firsthand and accurate data of undocumented Afghans,” he said.
The target, he said was to register one million Afghans during this stipulated period and if the number exceeded, then the government could extend the process.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has distanced itself from the issue of unregistered Afghan nationals and is dealing with matters related with registered refugees in Pakistan.
The country currently hosts 1.6 million refugees, who have been issued Proof of Registration cards by the government and their legal status will expire by the end of December 2015. Officials said around one million unregistered Afghans were living in Pakistan of which 600,000 were in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Registration of undocumented Afghans is part of the National Action Plan made in the wake of terrorist attack on the Army Public School and College Peshawar on December 16, 2014.
To facilitate Afghan nationals, the authority will set up 21 registration centres across the country including 11 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Waqar Maroof said after verification and registration, Nadra would issue Afghan Citizen Card to each family that would contain all details.
He said the card would be issued in 40 days after registration. Every family would have to verify itself through MRR and commissionerate before getting the new card.
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