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4.44m Afghans repatriated since 2002: Pakistan

4.44m Afghans repatriated since 2002: Pakistan

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Aug 29, 2018 - 11:51

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon says it is still hosting 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees and 850,000 Afghan citizen card-holders.

A senior official provided the figures while briefing a 16-member delegation from Thailand that visited the Registration Card Modification (RCM) Centre for Afghan Refugees in Nowshera.

Pichit Boonsud, deputy director general of the Department of International Organisations (Thailand), headed the visiting delegation.

Director General of Afghan Refugees Waqar Maroof briefed the team on the government policy about the refugees.

The RCM system had been operational since 2002 to facilitate the voluntary return of refugees to their country, Maroof told the delegates.

The manual system installed before 2002 was not effective. It was replaced with RCM. He said 4.443 million refugees had been repatriated between 2002 and 2018.

Pakistan was still hosting 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees in addition to 850,000 Afghan citizen card holders besides undocumented Afghans.

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