Voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees to resume today
ISLAMABAD: The voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Afghanistan will be resumed from Monday.
A repatriation center has been opened at Azakhel area of district Nowshehra to register refugees who wanted to go back to Afghanistan, Radio Pakistan has reported quoting a UNHCR spokesman as saying.
He said the UNHCR was providing two hundred dollars to each Afghan refugee in the encashment centers after settlement in Afghanistan.
The spokesman said 2.4 million Afghan refugees were living in different parts of Pakistan, out of which one million were registered and 1.4 million were unregistered.
On Feb 17, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had urged the international community to support Pakistan in the cause of hosting Afghan refugees.
Addressing joint news conference with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad, he had said Pakistan needed world support in hosting millions of Afghan refugees. The UN secretary general expressed gratitude for generosity of Pakistan by opening borders and hearts for refugees.
“It is time to give chance to peace and development in Afghanistan,” he had said.