10,000 Pak­ista­nis had reg­is­tered as Afghan refugees for dol­lars from UN

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - World - HT Cor­re­spon­dents & Agen­cies

THE SCAM BE­GAN AFTER UNHCR STARTED GIV­ING $400 EACH TO AFGHAN REFUGEES RE­TURN­ING TO THEIR HOME­LAND UN­DER A VOL­UN­TARY REPA­TRI­A­TION SCHEME

IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan’s Na­tional Data­base and Reg­is­tra­tion Author­ity (Nadra) has tracked over 10,000 Pak­ista­nis who reg­is­tered them­selves as Afghan refugees in or­der to col­lect dol­lar stipends.

The scam came to light as the UN High Com­mis­sion for Refugees (UNHCR) had set a $400 pay­ment for each Afghan refugee re­turn­ing to their home­land un­der a vol­un­tary repa­tri­a­tion scheme.

Nadra chair­man Us­man Yusuf Mobeen told a Par­lia­men­tary brief­ing that 10,000 Pak­istani na­tion­als mis­used the scheme and cheated the United Na­tions.

Mobeen said many of the cul­prits were caught by Nadra’s sys­tem when the card hold­ers sought to ob­tain na­tional ID cards after their pre­vi­ous IDS were blocked.

The Nadra chair­man said around one mil­lion Afghan refugees had been repa­tri­ated to Afghanistan un­der the vol­un­tary repa­tri­a­tion scheme.

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Zal­may Khalilzad, the US spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Afghanistan rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, said, “We would like Pak­istan to do more as other coun­tries”, adding that Is­lam­abad’s co­op­er­a­tion is crit­i­cal to im­prov­ing ties with the US.

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IS­LAM­ABAD: The in­te­rior min­istry on Satur­day shot down a re­quest from ex-pm Nawaz Sharif, his daugh­ter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-law to get their names re­moved from the Exit Con­trol List, which stops them from leav­ing the coun­try.

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