Islamabad—Around 240,000 Afghan refugees will be repatriated to their homeland every month after Eidul Azha, Chief Commissioner for Afghan Refugees Dr Imran Zaib said on Friday.
As the last date, November 15, for the repatriation of over one million illegal refugees is approaching fast the repatriation of the aliens is getting a speedy momentum, he told media. “December 31 had been fixed as a deadline for the return of more than 1.5 million Afghan refugees who have legal stay in the country.” Giving out details of those Afghan refugees who had moved back to their country by the end of the last month, the chief commissioner said that about 124,000 refugees who were residing illegally in different parts of Pakistan for many years have already left.
“More than 90,000 registered refugees were repatriated during July and August. Out of those 90,000 refugees around 70,000 were residing in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa while the rest were settled in Punjab and Sindh,” he added.
Dr Zaib said that according to the official estimates, around 8,000 Afghans will leave Pakistan every day after Eidul Azha, adding that at present 3,000 to 3,500 of such foreigners are returning on a daily basis.