Islamabad: Govt cancels over 80,000 CNICs issued to Afghan refugees
ISLAMABAD: The Dawn News reported on Wednesday, the government has cancelled over 80,000 computerised national identity cards that have been issued illegally to Afghan refugees living in different parts of Pakistan.
Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Najmuddin Khan told a news conference on Tuesday that Pakistan had proposed to provide $5,000 to each Afghan refugee family to facilitate them to go back to Afghanistan, adding that 100,000 refugees had been sent back this year.
The minister said that at present 1.6 million registered and 2.6 million unregistered Afghans were living in Pakistan, adding that Pakistan was spending $2 billion annually on Afghan refugees.
Some 2,000 Afghan students will be seeking admissions in different educational institutions in Pakistan.
A project was launched for the rehabilitation of Afghan refugees at a cost of $140 million but it could not make progress owing to lack of international support.
The minister said that all the immovable property and other assets of Afghans would be confiscated for being amassed illegally.
He said that at a recent meeting Afghanistan, the UNHCR and Pakistan had agreed to extend time for repatriation of Afghan refugees till December, 2012.
He pointed out that after 9/11 attacks in the United States the number of Afghan refugees in Pakistan had increased.