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PR No. 131 Islamabad

Federal Ministry for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) and NADRA has signed an MoU for the documentation of unregistered afghan refugees. The ceremony was witnessed by Federal Minister for SAFRON Let. Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch and Chairman NADRA. On the occasion the federal minister has said that his ministry has been making efforts for the past four years to materialize this agreement. The minister has highlighted the importance of the agreement and said that the agreement would verify the actual number of unregistered afghan nationals residing in many remote areas including Balochistan and it will be of great help in national census as it would prevent the duplicity of data. The whole exercise of documentation will be witnessed and verified by afghan officials and nationals which will enable undocumented individuals to get proper documents and thus will they will be protected from harassment. The Minister has said that he will seek further cooperation from provincial governments and political parties also. The chairman NADRA has said that the verification of afghan nationals will be carried out in cooperation with Afghan officials and notables and NADRA is fully capable to handle such types of projects. Currently 0.6 million individuals are expected to be documented. Nadra will establish around 21 centers and mobile units for documentation and the symbolic centers are expected to function from first week of July while all 21 centers will be operational by August. While the whole project will take around 10 months to complete the database of undocumented afghan nationals.

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