ISLAMABAD,(Pakistan Point News - APP - 10th Augst,2016) : Over 37,273 registered Afghans have returned to Afghanistan so far this year from January 1 to August 9 through the Voluntary Repatriation Centers of United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). An official source told APP here Wednesday, he said that some 26854 Afghan refugees repatriated from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3729 from Balochistan, 1096 from Sindh, 4926 from Punjab, 577 from Islamabad and 91 from Azad Kashmir.
With the weather improving and the increase in cash grant from US$ 200 to 400 per person the number of returning families is slightly increasing. To a question he said that in the first nine day of August some 17,017 registered Afghan refugees have returned through UNHCR's assistance from Pakistan ( this include refugee from KP, Balochistan, Sindh, Azad Kashmir, Punjab and Islamabad). The UNHCR facilitates the voluntary return of registered Afghan refugees from Pakistan under its facilitated voluntary repatriation programme which is ongoing since 2002. From its start until this date more than 3.9 million Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan, he added.