Registration of Afghan Refugees suspended in KP

ISLAMABAD: Process of registration of unregistered Afghan refugees has been suspended for two weeks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over security concerns on the occasion of Muharram ul Haram.

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 on the occasion of Muharram. The process will resume on 12th of holy month.

Sources said the Pak-Afghan border in Torkham would also remain closed on 9th and 10th 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.