Pakistan to register 600,000 illegal Afghan refugees

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan is planning to register about 600,000 illegal Afghan refugees living nationwide, Imran Zeb, chief commissioner of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, said Thursday (May 18), according to TOLO News.

The campaign is likely to kick-start in July, he said.

The Afghan government is co-operating in the project, he told the Express Tribune.

Twenty-one registration centres and a mobile team, assisted by 100 Afghan officials, will carry out the registration drive, added Zeb.

Pakistan has about 1 million documented Afghan refugees besides the estimated 600,000 unregistered Afghans.

The UN is helping finance the operation.

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