UNHCR announces repatriation package of refugees
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.