Registration of Afghan refugees suspended in KP


ISLAMABAD: The process of registration of unregistered Afghan refugees has been suspended for two weeks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) over security concerns in Muharram-ul-Haram.

According to sources, the process of registering about one million Afghan refugees was launched last month and over 50,000 refugees had been issued Afghan citizenship cards so far, a private news channel reported.  The ongoing registration campaign will continue till December, however, the process has been suspended temporarily and will resume on 12th of Muharram.

Sources said that the Pak-Afghan border in Torkham would also remain closed on 9th and 10th of Muharram and Afghan refugees would not be able to travel to their country during this period.  The entry of unregistered Afghan refugees to sensitive districts has also been banned during the holy month.