Pakistan extends deadline for repatriation of undocumented Afghans

Pakistan’s caretaker government has decided to extend the deadline for the repatriation of undocumented Afghan nationals waiting for relocation to third countries.

The new deadline is now set for February 29, 2024, as announced by Pakistani Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi during a press conference on Wednesday.

Under the updated regulations, Afghan nationals bound for third countries without legal documents or processing fees will face a reduced fine of $400 for overstaying in Pakistan, down from the previous $800.

Following the deadline, a monthly fine of $100 will be imposed, with a maximum cap of $800.

As part of the ongoing efforts, Pakistan is deporting undocumented Afghan nationals back to Afghanistan. On Wednesday alone, 2423 Afghans were deported, contributing to a total of approximately 429,288 undocumented Afghan nationals expelled thus far.

However, the Pakistani Caretaker cabinet highlighted on Wednesday that around 450,000 people, the majority being voluntary, have repatriated to Afghanistan.

This extension and fine adjustment come as the caretaker government continues to manage the repatriation process for Afghan nationals, addressing both legal and humanitarian aspects.