UNHCR: (Over 56,000 Afghan refugees repatriated this year: UNHCR)

ISLAMABAD: United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has facilitated the return of over 56, 000 registered Afghan refugees from Pakistan so far this year under its voluntary repatriation programme.

Talking to official media here on Thursday, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said that Pakistan is hosting almost 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees which is the largest protracted refugee population in the world.

He said since 2002, the UNHCR has facilitated the return of four million registered Afghans from Pakistan. To a question, he said the validity of Proof of Registration cards to Afghan refugees had been extended from December 31, 2015 to December 31, 2017.