Registered refugees in Pakistan get 6-month extension
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Registered Afghan refugees, whose legal stay in Pakistan expired last month, have been granted a temporary extension, a news report said on Thursday.
Issued by the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to the Afghan refugees, the Proof of Registration (PoR) cards expired on December 31.
Pending a national policy on the repatriation of refugees, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has extended the stay of the registered Afghan citizens for a period of six months.
The Dawn newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying that the premier had discretionary powers to grant an extension to refugees for six months. The decision will be approved by the federal cabinet.
It added the Ministry of State and Frontier Regions had communicated the decision, which was taken two days ago, to the relevant quarters, including home departments and police.
One official told the daily: “As the cabinet could not meet, Sharif used his powers to give temporary extension to PoR card-holders till June 30.”
In November 2015, the ministry sought a one-year extension for the registered refugees numbering about 1.5 million.
In a letter dated Dec. 30, the ministry directed all provincial chief secretaries and police chiefs to ensure the registered Afghan nationals were not pestered.
Of the 1.5 million documented Afghans in Pakistan, almost one million are living in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Another one million Afghans, living illegally in the country, are often subjected to harsh treatment.
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