Over 2,000 Afghan families return home from KP in a week
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The repatriation process has gained momentum after the UNHCR doubled the cash amount and other facilities for the Afghans returning to their homeland voluntarily, an official says.
About 2,029 families were sent to Afghanistan last week, said an official of the UNHCR Voluntary Repatriation Centre in Chamkani on the outskirts of Peshawar the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The News quoted the official as saying most of the refugee families had returned to Afghanistan from urban areas of the province. On August 1, 609 families were de-registered and sent to Afghanistan via the Torkham border.
Dozens of trucks carrying Afghan families and their belongings could be seen moving out of Peshawar and towardTorkham could be seen daily. The repatriation process had been stepped up in recent months, the official said.
A wheelchair-bound, grey-bearded man, Hazrat Shah, told the newspaper he had come to Chamkani from Mansehradistrict along with his family last night. But he had no idea how long they would have to wait for their turn to be de-registered.
Another refugee, Nizamuddin, said though he and his family had Proof of Registration (PoR) cards, yet they had made up their mind to go back to their country due to the harsh treatment they were being meted out by security personnel.
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