PESHAWAR, 20 June: The federal government has decided to register from the next month those Afghan refugees staying in Pakistan illegally.

The registration process would be carried out jointly by Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and Commissionarate of Afghan Refugees (CAR). United Nations High Commission for Refugees has distanced itself from the registration process.

Sources said that the registration process would start on July 25 which will continue for six months. Twenty-one centres would be established for the registration process, out of which 11 would be set up in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to register one million illegal Afghan refugees.

Sources at CAR said that once the registration process completes, NADRA would issue Proof of Registration (PoR) cards to the newly-registered refugees. This is the last chance for the illegal refugees to get them registered otherwise they would be dealt with sternly.

In addition to non-registered refugees, 1.6 million registered refugees are also living in Pakistan and their deadline of legal stay in Pakistan would expire on December 31, 2015.

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