Government Extends Afghan Refugees Stay For a Year
The government has decided to extend the stay of registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan until next year, Gulf News reported.
The announcement was made by the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON). Afghan President Ashraf Gani is currently visiting the country and Prime Minister Imran Khan, himself informed the Afghan president about the extension in current deadline that was to expire initially on June 30, 2019.
“The Government of Pakistan is pleased to extend the validity in respect of Tripartite Agreement, Proof of Registration (POR) Cards till 30-06-2020,” a notification by SAFRON read. The ministry also announced an extension in the validity of Afghan Citizen Cards (ACC) till October 31, 2019.
Pakistan is home to an estimated 2.4 million registered and undocumented people from Afghanistan. There were an estimated 1,405,715 registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan as of June 2019, as per the statistics by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
UNHCR defines registered Afghans as those who have valid Proof of Registration (POR) cards issued by the Pakistani government that allows them temporary legal stay.