UNHCR an­nounces repa­tri­a­tion pack­age of refugees

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UN refugee agency has an­nounced spe­cial re­lief pack­age for Afghan refugees for their vol­un­tary re­turn to Afghanistan dur­ing Novem­ber and De­cem­ber 2012 un­der which re­turn­ing Afghan refugees would be paid dol­lars 150, free trans­port and house hold items.

A press re­lease is­sued by UNHCR Quetta Of­fice here on Sun­day said that dur­ing the cur­rent year more than 16 thou­sand Afghan refugees have re­turned to Afghanistan while more than one hun­dred thou­sand from 2007 till to date have gone back from Balochis­tan. UNHCR Head in Balochis­tan Charles Lunch, Com­mis­sioner Afghan Refugees Balochis­tan Ab­dul Sa­boor Kakar and Di­rec­tor Afghan Refugees mat­ters at Afghan Con­sulate Mur­taza Khurmi saw off twenty three fam­i­lies com­pris­ing 104 mem­bers who were re­turned to Afghanistan .

Repa­tri­at­ing Afghan Refugees were of the view they were liv­ing in Pak­istan for sev­eral decade. They were feel­ing plea­sure while re­turn- ing to their home­land from Pak­istan and at the same time they were feel­ing grief leav­ing this coun­try. UNHCR has com­pleted records of re­turned fam­i­lies such as NADRA, IRIS test and oth­ers.

Charles Lynch told that from Jan­uary till now a to­tal of 3335 Afghan fam­i­lies in­clud­ing 16320 in­di­vid­u­als have been sent back to their coun­try. He said un­der this pack­age all such Afghan fam­i­lies can ben­e­fit who have Proof of Reg­is­tra­tion (PoR) cards. This pack­age would end on De­cem­ber 31, 2012.

He said vol­un­tary repa­tri­a­tion process would continue af­ter that date. Afghan rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mur­taza Khu­rami said that UNHCR as­sis­tance for vol­un­tary re­turn of Afghan refugees is praise wor­thy. It would help them to start bet­ter life in Afghanistan. He called upon UNHCR of­fi­cials to ex­tend en­hanced vol­un­tary repa­tri­a­tion pack­age till De­cem­ber 31, 2013 be­cause in the month of Novem­ber and De­cem­ber there is se­vere cold in sev­eral parts of Afghanistan and Afghan refugees show re­luc­tance to re­turn to their coun­try.

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