The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has started registering Afghan people in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa who didn’t have proper documents. This is happening really quickly because it’s an emergency.
NADRA brought 22 mobile vans from all over the country to Landi Kotal to help with the registration. They also set up 20 counters at the border with these vans. 140 NADRA employees are working there 24/7 without taking breaks.
Starting November 1st, NADRA can now register up to 15,000 people every day. The senior NADRA officers are there to help, and they’re making sure that women, older people, and kids don’t face any problems.
People coming to the border are happy with the good services provided by NADRA.
Earlier this year, the Pakistani government decided to send back the undocumented, illegal Afghans. The announcement received backlash from many human rights organizations. The Afghan government also opposed the decision but later they accepted it.
The Afghan Refugee Council made a request to the Pakistani government. They want Afghan people who don’t have proper documents to be registered in Pakistan.
They say these people should be allowed to do business, own cars, and buy houses in Pakistan if they have a special card called the Proof of Registration card (PoR).
The leaders of the Council had a press conference in Peshawar, where they talked about how Afghan people have been living peacefully with the Pakistani people for 40 years and have not been mistreated.
The Council leaders are ready to help the government find and register all the undocumented Afghan people in the country.
They also want the United Nations to support the registration of these undocumented refugees.
The Council leaders want to get rid of expiration dates on the Afghan Citizen Card (ACC), make the registration process simpler, and register entire families together.
They also want the UN to help all Afghan refugees, whether they have documents or not, and they want canceled cards to be reinstated.
They’re asking the government to allow business activities, property ownership, and car purchases for people with registration cards.