Afghan refugee status in Pakistan will continue beyond December 31, UNHCR says

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

2012-11-10

PESHAWAR – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) November 8 said that, regardless of Pakistani policy, under the international law, it would continue to recognise Afghans staying in Pakistan beyond December 31 as refugees, media reported.

“The Pakistani government must decide what status it offers to 1.6m Afghan refugees from January 1, 2013 onward,” UNHCR country head Neill Wright said at a voluntary return centre in Chamkani, Dawn reported. “But under the international law, the UN will recognise them as refugees.”

“I am very much hopeful that Pakistan will have a national policy by December 31, so Afghan refugees are not left with any doubt about their status under the international law,” Wright said.

The Pakistani federal government has yet to decide about whether to give a further extension to Proof of Registration card holders, Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Engineer Shaukat Ullah said.

The government issued registration cards to 1.7m Afghans in 2009 to legalise their stay until the end of 2012.

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  • On behalf of my self afghan citizen in pakistan i request from UNHCR to talk with pakistani ministry of interior or exterior that should allow afghan citizen for some more years to stay in pakistan, the situation of afghanistan is getting bad day by day and those afghan who stay in pakistan does not have the houses in their country and also there is no proper education system in afghanistan.

    April 6, 2013 @ 07:04:29AM Abdul wahid
  • Can we stay in pakistan anymore with holding our old Afghan Citizenship card, meanwhile what will be the UNHCR other step for these people, because the afghans which are now living in pakistan does not have proper jobs or houses for living in Afghanistan and even they cannot survive there because they born in pakistan and studied in pakistan, so pakistan Governament should issue the legal Pakistani Citizenship/ NIC to those who have regesterd Afghan Citizenship Cards. Thanks i will wait for my Unswer.

    January 3, 2013 @ 07:01:30AM Rustam Khan