Islamabad: The United Nations Refugee Agency has announced a special relief package for Afghan refugees in Pakistan for their voluntary return to their homeland during November and December 2012, under which returning refugees would be paid 150 dollars, free transport and house hold items.
According to the UNHCR, 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, reports The Dawn. UNHCR Head in Balochistan, Charles Lunch, said that since January till now a total of 3335 Afghan families have been sent back to their country.
He said under this package all such Afghan families could benefit who have Proof of Registration (PoR) cards. This package would end on December 31, 2012. Afghan representative Murtaza Khurami said the Afghan government has made arrangements for rehabilitation of returning refugees. He said 63 towns have been setup in 19 provinces of Afghanistan where 48 projects were under way with world organizations for providing facilities to the Afghan refugees.
He said more than 5.5 million Afghan refugees have returned to Afghanistan from Iran and Pakistan from 2002. He added that legal action would be taken against Afghan refugees returning to Pakistan after their repatriation to Afghanistan.