Afghan refugees holding Proof of Registration (PoR) or UNHCR-issued refugee cards, who are planning to return to Afghanistan from Pakistan under the UN Refugee Agency’s facilitated voluntary repatriation programme are informed, that UNHCR’s Voluntary Repatriation Centres (VRC) in Azakhel, Nowshera and Baleli, in Quetta and the Proof of Registration (PoR) card modification centres will be closed on Wednesday, 9 November 2022 on account of ‘Iqbal Day’, the 145th birth anniversary of Dr Allama Mohammad Iqbal.
All PCM centres will reopen on Thursday, 10 November 2022 and VRC centres in Azakhel and Baleli will reopen on Monday, 14 November 2022.
As per usual practice, Afghan refugees in Pakistan who wish to proceed through the VRCs after the facilitated returns resume are encouraged to contact the following UNHCR helpline numbers, which are operational between 8am to 8pm, before approaching the centres.
Helpline numbers in Pakistan:
Peshawar Helpline: 0300-858-5600, 03000544491, 03000544492, 03000544496
Quetta Helpline: 0333-1511636. 0333-781-9601
Karachi helpline: 03341112008
Emergency contact numbers for Encashment Centres in Afghanistan:
Kabul, Kabul province: 0093 (0)791 990 244
Samarkhel, Nangarhar province: 093 (0) 791990203 or 0093 (0) 791990236
Jamal Mayna, Kandahar province: 0093 (0) 791990368, or 0093 (0) 791990370
Herat, Herat province: 0093 (0) 791990091
Please contact UNHCR Kabul repatriation unit 0093 (0) 791990019 in case the Encashment Centres cannot be reached.