Pakistan has launched a nationwide drive to verify the data of around 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees residing in the country, Dawn reported.

As per reports, after the verification of data, the information record will be updated and all refugees will be issued smart identity cards verifying their identities.

The data verification process is being undertaken in the country after 10 years, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is assisting Pakistan’s Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees in the exercise.

The move coincides with United States President Joe Biden’s announcement regarding the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan before September 11, this year. The move from Joe Biden will end decades of war and lead to speedy repatriation of the refugees.

 

According to the spokesperson for the Commissionerate, Muhammad Usman, a total of 600 government and UNHCR officials have been assigned to 35 areas across the country for the registration process. Mobile vans are also carrying out the exercise.

“This facility is not for unregistered refugees,” he told Anadolu Agency, adding that the drive will continue for six months.

Usman further said that the government is set to introduce a policy to encourage unregistered refugees to register and benefit from the facility.

There are nearly three million documented and undocumented Afghan refugees in Pakistan, making it the largest refugee population in the world after the Syrians in Turkey.

From : pk.mashable.com

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