Extension to Afghan refugees’ stay in Pakistan hailed

(UNHCR) in Pakistan Philippa Candler says decision shows that Pakistan’s proud tradition of hospitality continues.

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has announced to extend by one year the stay of Afghan refugees under Proof of Registration (PoR) cards in the country, till 30 June 2025.

The representative of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pakistan Philippa Candler in a statement today welcomed the the announcement and said it will bring a relief for Afghan refugees. She also said that the decision shows that Pakistan’s proud tradition of hospitality continues.

She acknowledged and commended the country for hosting Afghans for many decades amid their own challenges. The people of Pakistan have long shown solidarity and compassion towards those displaced and in need.

earlier, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for bolstering efforts towards long-term solutions to issues of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, and support for their host communities.

Grandi wrapped up his three-day visit to Pakistan two days back during which he met Afghan refugees in Peshawar and Haripur in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in urban settings as well as in a refugee village. People he met shared a message of anxiety regarding their situation, but also of their desire to contribute to their communities in Pakistan, as well as eventually in Afghanistan.

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