ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will complete the repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland by December, 2012. An official of the UNHCR said townships had been set up in nine Afghan provinces where refugees will be settled. He said the government of Pakistan will no more be responsible for them after the due date. The policy is aimed to facilitate refugees for easy and dignified return to their homeland, he added, saying that Afghan refugees are bound to strictly follow the directives of the government of Pakistan about their repatriation. He said the Afghan refugees should go to their own home and play an active role in developing their country.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2012.