Official Policy of Government of Pakistan

OFFICIAL POLICY OF GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN

Pak-Afghan border remains officially closed and only those Afghans who possess valid travel documents are being allowed to enterPakistan. The vulnerable Afghans (i.e. injured, sick, disabled and orphans under the age of 12) are also being allowed entry into Pakistan on humanitarian grounds.

Present Refugee Population

Pakistan is presently hosting approximately 3 million Afghan Refugees. These refugees are staying in Pakistan for the last 23 years. The refugee population in Pakistan reached its peak figure of 3.7 million in 1990.

Perspective after 11 September 2001

Consequent to military strikes against Afghanistan, approximately 2,00,000 additional Afghan Refugees arrived in Pakistan.

Twentysix new campsites (17 in NWFP and 9 in Balochistan) were identifiedjointly by UNHCR and the Commissioners of Afghan Refugees, in NWFP andBalochistan for the new arrivals. Out of those sites, 10 camps havebeen established so far in NWFP and 9 in Balochistan. These campsaccommodate the newly Externally Displaced Persons arrived, (vulnerableand invisibles). Work on establishment of the remaining camps is inprogress. A total of 225303 Externally Displaced Persons have so farbeen shifted to the new camps established in NWFP and Balochistan.

All Externally Displaced persons/invisibles have been shifted from Jallozai Camp to Kothkai camp (Bajaur Agency)

Pursuantto Chairman Hamid Karzai s request during President Mushraf s visit toKabul on 2 April, 2002, the stay of Afghan refugees in Nasir Bagh Camphas been extended by 3 months.