Refugee registration: Afghan team in Pakistan for talks

Discuss procedure for documentation of nearly 1.5 unregistered Afghan refugees

Our Correspondent May 11, 2015


A three-member Afghan delegation is due to arrive in Islamabad today to discuss the procedure for the documentation of nearly 1.5 unregistered Afghan refugees living in Pakistan.

Officials told The Express Tribune that Islamabad and Kabul are scheduled to hold talks about the registration of the Afghan refugees on a “technical-level” within a couple of days.

Pakistan hosts nearly 1.6 million registered Afghans, according to the UN refugee agency.

In March, the two sides had agreed on documenting the unregistered Afghan nationals in Pakistan with technical support from National Database Registration Authority and after verification by Afghan authorities.

The registration process is scheduled to begin on July 15, the frontiers minister had told the Senate last week.

The newly documented refugees will not be entitled to get the Proof of Registration cards.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2015.


Syed Ahmed | 6 years ago | Reply Pakistani authorities have shown criminal negligent by allowing so many Afghans to live here illegally for so many years, now we must do everything to send back as many as possible, we dont need their old, sick and uneducated. All should go back peacefully and rebuild their nation.
Muhammad Shoaib | 6 years ago | Reply General Qadir please send these refugees back and lets not prolong their stay by getting involved in so called technical evaluation. If not sent back, the socioeconomic problems for people of KPK will increase manifold. The government seems to be under presdurei from UNHCR but Pakistan is not a signatory of Refugees Convention 1951 and Refugees Protocol of 1967; so legally UNHCR can't press Pakistan for not sending back Afghan Refugees to their Country.
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