Pakistan introduces new policy for Afghan refugees

'If Afghan nationals get themselves registered, they will not be harassed by police,' says states minister

Pakistan introduces new policy for Afghan refugees

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pakistan Thursday has announced a "stick-and-carrot" policy for around a million undocumented Afghan refugees.

The policy -- announced by the Ministry of States and Frontier regions -- has apparently given a legal cover to the country’s security forces to "harass" refugees who lack documentation.

"There is an offer for the Afghan nationals in the deal [...] This is a carrot-and-stick approach. If Afghan nationals get themselves registered, they will not be harassed by police," Lt Gen (rtd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, the federal minister for states and frontier regions was quoted as saying by local broadcaster Dawn News on Thursday.

Under the policy, the country’s national database registration authority -- NADRA -- will set up over 50 centers to register the Afghan refugees across the country.

Each center will be manned by a representative from the Afghan government to verify the refugees’ documents, the minister said in his remarks at the signing ceremony of an agreement between the ministry and NADRA in the capital Islamabad on Thursday.

"Undocumented [refugees] will be haunted by the police”, he added.

There are around 3 million -- documented and undocumented -- Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, making it the largest refugee population in the world after the Syrians in Turkey.

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