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Federal Cabinet discusses repatriation of Afghan refugees

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet has decided to provide all possible facilities to Afghan refugees who want to return voluntarily to their own country.

The decision was made during a cabinet meeting held in Islamabad on Tuesday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair. Noting that the Cabinet has twice granted extension in validity of Proof of Residence (POR) Card, it was decided that the government would extend all possible facilitation towards voluntary repatriation of Afghan Refugees holding POR cards. The Cabinet also considered various recommendation for addressing the issue of Afghan Refugees.

It was emphasized that the international community should also fulfil its obligations towards shouldering this responsibility to ensure smooth repatriation and rehabilitation of the refugees.

Report of the Committee constituted for naming of new Islamabad International Airport was also presented during the meeting. It was decided that the members may consider recommendations made in the said report for reaching a consensus name during the next meeting.

On tariff rationalization for the power sector, the Cabinet rejected the recommendation of NEPRA for upward revision of power tariff and decided to maintain the existing power tariff.

The Cabinet approved nomination of Director on the Board of Directors of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGL). Re-constitution of the Board of Directors of Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) and ex-officio members in case of Utility Stores Corporations (USC) were also approved.

The cabinet also approved appointment of General Manager (Engineering) Karachi Port Trust.

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