QUETTA – Balochistan head of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Charles Lynch has said that 16,216 Afghan refugees were repatriated to Afghanistan in 2012 while 376,085 refugee cards had been issued in various parts of Balochistan.

He was talking to journalists after a voluntary repatriation ceremony of Afghan refugees on Saturday in Quetta.

To a question, Lynch said that the Pakistan government and UNHCR had issued refugee cards to Afghan migrants which would be expired on December 31 of this year.

He said that Afghans refugees were voluntarily going back to their country and each returnee was being paid $150, besides they would also be provided essential commodities and medicines. “Refugees going to Afghanistan are being shifted to camps in Afghanistan with proper security,” he added.

He said that the UNHCR would continue helping Afghan refugees until they were settled in their country.

Afghan consulate officials were also present on the occasion.