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Jun 07, 2009
30,000 Afghans went home this year
The number of the Afghan people retuning home from across Pakistan under the UNHCR-assisted voluntary return programme crossed the 30,000 mark for the current year, with the majority going home from the NWFP.
The voluntary repatriation is governed by a tripartite agreement between the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees based on the principles of voluntary, gradual and dignified return.
The government of Pakistan has agreed to the proposed extension of the Tripartite Agreement on Voluntary Repatriation and the Proof of Registration (PoR) cards for Afghans until the end of 2012. The agreement was finalised at a tripartite meeting held in Dubai in April and attended by the three parties.
‘We value the commitment and generosity of the government and the people of Pakistan for hosting one of the largest and most protracted refugee populations despite its internal difficulties,’ UNHCR representative for Pakistan Guenet Guebre-Christos said.
The UNHCR has facilitated the return of some 3.4 million Afghans from Pakistan under its voluntary repatriation programme since 2002, making it the largest repatriation programme of the agency in the region.
This year’s 30,193 returnees include 22,180 from NWFP, 388 from Balochistan, 2,533 from Sindh and 5,092 from Punjab – all via Hayatabad in Peshawar and Baleli in Quetta.
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