Afghan registration centres to remain closed from Muharram 1st to 10th:DG

Staff Reporter

Peshawar

All 21 registration centres operational for registration of un-documented Afghans in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and all over the country would remain closed from Muharam ul haram 1st to 10th. This was decided in a meeting of Federal Task Force held at Chief Commissioner Afghan Refugees office at Islamabad. Commissioner Afghan Refugees Islamabad Mohammad Saleem Khan presided the meeting attended by representatives of UNHCR, NADRA, Afghan Refugees Commissioners of four provinces and MORR (Ministry of Repatriation Afghanistan).
Saleem Khan informed the participants about the update of registration and appreciated the efforts of all stakeholders. DG Afghan Refugees KP Waqar Maroof informed APP that the meeting expressed complete satisfaction over the process of ongoing registration of un-documented Afghans in the country. He informed that milestone of 100,000 was now crossed and total 102000 Afghans had been registered at national level, while 67 percent (75 thousand ) had been registered in only KP province which was a highly appreciative performance of CAR KP officer.
Presently, he said 11 centres were operating in KP and NADRA, MORR, IOM and Commissionerate KP staff were jointly working to facilitate the un-documented Afghans at all centres. Maroof further said Ministry of SAFRON and Chief commissioner Afghan Refugees Islamabad were putting all their efforts to extend maximum facilities to all stakeholders at the centres .
In view of Muharam and to avoid any untoward incident and due to security situation, the all 21 centres will remain closed from during first 10-day of Ashura and registration process will temporarily be suspended. Moreover, in order to keep more transparency in the registration centres , call centre facility to be provided for the Afghans to get appointment for registration and in this regards proposal to be finalised at Islamabad with the assistance of IOM . The environment at all centres will to be improved and maximum facilities through NADRA will be extended specially to vulnerable Afghan families.

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