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Refurbishment of Afghan refugees to resume by April: UNHRC

PESHAWAR: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has announced the return of them to resume by April 3, 2017 following Pakistan’s decision to suspend the return of Afghan refugees to their state for four months, 

United Nations Refugee Agency would provide an individual assistance package of $200 to each returnee. There were eleven thousand refugees who had been registered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to return to Afghanistan.

There were two repatriation centers had been established by UNHCR in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ensure safe return of Afghan refugees.

The statistics of UNHCR illustrates that 1.5 million Afghan refugees reside inside Pakistan, out of which 3, 65,000 had safely returned their motherland before the suspension.

There were ten million undocumented refugees being residing inside Pakistan, out of which 2, 00,000 has been returned to their homes.

More than a decade ago, the program of refugees’ refurbishment from Pakistan was being suspended by UNHRC itself. In a press release on 27 February, 2004 the Spokesman Ron Redmond had declared that the program of refugees return was interrupted after an incident in which a UNHRC staff member was being killed in November by gunmen in the Afghan city of Ghazni.

This killing of the staff member caused the NGO to stop its processes in Afghanistan. But after making the necessary security arrangements the NGO had decided to start its process again.