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PublishDate: Sunday, August 4, 201312:18

New policy to guide Afghan repatriation till 2015

The proposed policy calls for extending the Proof Registration Cards till 2015 emphasises voluntary repatriation as the most preferred solution.

Fearing uncertainty in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US forces in 2014, the government has formulated a draft policy which calls for the voluntary repatriation of refugees and stringent border management measures.

The National Policy on Management and Repatriation of Afghan Refugees — which has been shared with both Kabul and UNHCR — comes amidst confusion surrounding emerging political developments as the US completes its planned withdrawal from neighbouring Afghanistan.

According to documents, the cabinet in its July 25 meeting was informed that the primary policy guiding Islamabad on Afghan refugees expired in 2012 but that the then prime minister extended the validity of the Proof Registration Cards and Tripartite Agreement till June 30, 2013.

Following the decision, a cabinet sub-committee was constituted to recommend specific strategies to deal with the protracted issue of Afghan refugees.

After consultations between stakeholders, the States and Frontier Division formulated a draft National Policy for Afghan Refugees. This policy was discussed in Kabul on June 28 in a meeting between the Minister for Refugees and Repatriation Afghanistan, Minister for SAFRON Pakistan and UNHCR Afghanistan/Pakistan.

The repatriation of Afghan refugees is guided by the Tripartite Agreement initially signed by Islamabad, Kabul and the UNGCR in 2003 and later extended up to December 31, 2012

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