Repatriation of refugees to gain momentum after Eid
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): About 240,000 Afghan refugees would be repatriated to their homeland every month after Eidul Azha, a senior official said on Friday.
Chief Commissioner for Afghan Refugees Dr. Imran Zaib told The Express Tribune: “December 31 is the deadline for the return of more than 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees.”
By the end of August, he explained, about 124,000 illegal refugees returned different parts of Pakistan. “More than 90,000 registered refugees were repatriated during July and August.
“Out of those 90,000 refugees around 70,000 were residing in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) while the rest were settled in Punjab and Sindh,” the commissioner was quoted as saying.
Around 8,000 Afghans would go to their country daily after the Eid festival, compared with 3,000 to 3,500 returning every day at present.
Zaib acknowledged repatriating more than 2.5 million registered and undocumented Afghans by the end of the year might be an uphill task. The situation will be reviewed in mid-November to chalk out the next course of action.
“I think that a fresh deadline will have to be fixed by the government for the return of remaining Afghan refugees,” he commented, promising the government would help the returning refugees in disposal of their properties.
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