Pakistan Exempts Afghans with Valid Documents from Expulsion Deadline for Illegal Immigrants

Pakistan’s government has announced that all undocumented migrants and refugees must leave Pakistan by the beginning of next month, either voluntarily or by force.

Balochistan Caretaker Information Minister Jan Achakzai said that Pakistan would not take action against or deport Afghan nationals who had Afghan Citizen Cards (ACC) or Proof of Registration (PoR) documents, as a Nov. 1 deadline for all illegal immigrants to leave inches closer.

The PoR is an identity card for Afghan refugees that entitles them to remain in Pakistan legally and is issued by Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). PoRs are issued to Afghan refugees after they are registered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 

The ACC is also an identity document issued by NADRA. Afghan nationals who do not hold either of the two documents are considered illegal immigrants.
“Those people who have the UNHCR cards [PoR] or have documents of Afghan residency [ACC], who number around 1.7 million in Pakistan, they are not being targeted, nor will any action be taken against taken,” Achakzai told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday.