ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Najmuddin Khan has said Pakistan has given the proposal to international community to provide US$ 5,000 to each family for the rehabilitation in their country, adding one lac Afghan refugees have gone back to Afghanistan in the current year.
He said that around 2,000 Afghan students would get the admissions in different fields in Pakistan including medical and engineering sectors. The government of Pakistan has cancelled over 80,000 National Identity Cards of Afghan refugees for these were issued through illegal process. As many as 1.6 million Afghan are registered and 2.6 million unregistered afghan refugees are living in the Pakistan from the last three decades.
Addressing at a press conference, the Minister said the government was spending US$ 2 billion on the Afghans refugees on annual basis. He said in the last year a RAHA project was launched for the rehabilitation of Afghan refugees with the cost of US$ 140 million but its progress is not satisfied because international community is not supporting as they were promised with the government of Pakistan.
All the property and other assets of Afghans refugees would be confiscated as per the Pakistani laws, they could not purchase property and it was decided in the recent Tripartite meeting and Cabinet have also approved on March 24 this year, he added.
The Minster said in the recent tripartite meeting Afghanistan, UNHCR and Government of Pakistan have extended the agreement of Afghans refugees repatriation till the end of December 2012. He said after the 9/11 the number of Afghan refugees increased in Pakistan while before that over 3.5 million refugees were repatriated.-SANA