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Pakistan Extends Afghan Refugee Registration Cards Following UN Appeal

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Pakistan has announced the extension of the registration cards for almost 1.5 million Afghan refugees, a decision that was influenced by a call from a senior UN official to halt its deportation plan. The federal cabinet approved a one-year extension for the validity of Proof of Registration (POR) cards of 1.45 million Afghan refugees, which were set to expire on June 30, 2024. This extension has now been granted until June 30, 2025, a result of international cooperation and understanding.

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The announcement came after a discussion between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Filippo Grandi, the chief of the United Nations refugee agency, who visited Pakistan earlier in the week. Grandi acknowledged the challenges faced by Pakistan and expressed hope that the repatriation program remains suspended. This decision offers a temporary reprieve for Afghan refugees, with no deportations currently occurring from border crossings in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or Balochistan provinces.

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