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Nearly 50,000 illegal Afghans documented in Pakistan

Nearly 50,000 illegal Afghans documented in Pakistan

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Dec 07, 2017 - 14:42

KABUL (Pajhwok): About 50,000 illegal Afghan citizens have been registered during the current year in Pakistan, which has allowed only documented refugees to stay.

Afghanistan’s Deputy Ambassador to Pakistan, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said on Thursday that Islamabad had kicked off the registration process for 700,000 illegal Afghans in August.

He said in the last four months more than 482,104 Afghan migrants had been registered -- 196,000 men, 170,000 women and around 116,000 children.

He added the process was being conducted by 21 registration centres across the country. About 1,900,000 Afghans were based in Pakistan, 700,000 of them without documents.

Shams said the Pakistan government, together with Afghan authorities, has launched the six-month registration process, which would be completed in 2018.

Twenty-seven Afghan government officials were dispatched to Pakistan in August to monitor the registration process.

Shams said they worked in close coordination with the Ministry of Tribal and Border Affairs, NADRA and the Afghan Commissionerate.

He said currently about 10, 20,000 Afghan migrations living in Pakistan with legal documents. According to UNHCR, 52,000 registered and 93,000 unregistered Afghans have returned to their homeland this year.

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