Commissionerate Afghan Refugees was established in 1979 under the Federal Government Orders to facilitate the Afghan Refugees who were crossing the borders and coming into Pakistan to find refuge due to the ongoing war in Afghanistan.
There is a Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees (CAR) in each Province of the country and having the Chief Commissionerate (CCAR) based in Islamabad. All the Commissionerates and the Chief Commissioner work under the Ministry of SAFRON, Islamabad.
The mandate of the Commissionerate, Afghan Refugees, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is run and look after,
- The Administration and establishment of Afghan Refugees organization.
- The financial management, control and the management of repatriation of Afghan refugees from Camps.
- Supervision and monitoring of UNHCR funded projects for Afghan refugees pertaining to Health, Education and Community Development.
- Supervision of District Administrations of Afghan Refugees and coordination with different Government Departments/Un Agencies, NGOs and INGOs.
Since 2008 onwards the Commissionerate Afghan Refugees, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has also been given the mandate for the Camp Management/Administration and Coordination of the official Camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.