ISLAMABAD: Beyond Boundaries, a Pak-Afghan track 1.5/II initiative, led by Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), Islamabad, called on the government of Pakistan on Friday to expedite decision on Afghan refugees’ stay in Pakistan. This is in pursuance of Pakistan government’s policy decision on February 7, 2017, relating to the management of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Additional steps approved by the Cabinet included extension in validity of the Proof of Registration Cards of 1.3 million Afghan refugees, documentation of Afghan nationals without any identification, adoption of a national refugee law, and a visa regime for different categories of Afghan nationals. Beyond Boundaries urged the government of Pakistan to allow Afghan refugees’ stay in Pakistan up to December 31, 2018, to end the nebulous nature of their fate.
Published in Daily Times, December 30th 2017.