ISLAMABAD: Pakistan would favor a peaceful return of Afghan refugees back to their homeland in rights and dignity, according to Senator Mohammad Talha Mahmood, Minister of States as well as Frontier Areas.
Pakistan presently has 1.3 million registered refugees, including roughly 250,000 arriving from Afghanistan after August 2001, as per the government.
Mr. Mahmood made the remarks during a ceremony commemorating World Refugee Day. The day is commemorated all across the world to honor refugees.
It is observed on June 20 each year and honors the resilience and bravery of those who were forced to depart their own country due to violence or persecution.
‘Everyone. Anywhere. Whenever’ is the subject for the day this year. It is everyone’s right to seek safety.’ The event was attended by leaders from the governments, and the global community, including partners, and also refugees.
Draws international attention to the financial issues of retaining almost 3 million Afghans.
Considering its issues, the United Nations Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) praised Pakistani for supporting Afghan refugees.
Mr. Mhmood Afforts
Mr. Mahmood called the international community’s attention to the financial difficulties that have arisen as a result of the country’s continued presence of further than three million Afghans.
According to the minister, the international community must step up to share these obligations with Pakistan by both the United Nations on Refugees.
Similarly, United Nations Secretary-general Antonio Guterres stated more must be made for refugees worldwide, as well as the nations that accept them, in a statement for World Refugee Day.
“They must not encounter prejudice on border lines or be arbitrarily refused refugee status or asylum owing to their ethnicity, religion, gender, or place of origin,” he said, adding that refugees had given fresh life, wealth, and rich cultural variety to their respective communities all over the world.
The minister noted that Pakistan’s financial constraints in housing more than 3 million Afghans, especially 1.3 million refugees, need long-term, focused, and significant foreign cooperation.
Despite its issues, UNHCR Spokesperson in Pakistan Noriko Yoshida stated Pakistan has been a faithful host of individuals in need of refugee assistance.
“We also appreciate individuals who’ve already accepted refugees into their villages on this day.” “For more than 40 years, Pakistan has been a gracious host to millions of refugees,” she remarked.
The international community has to do more to help refugees and their host population in this nation, according to the spokesperson.
As per the United Nations, the globe is seeing its greatest levels of displacement ever. At the end of 2018, violence and persecution prompted a historic 70.8 million people to flee their homes throughout the world.
Up to 30 million refugees, more than half of whom are all under the age of 18, were amongst them. Millions of individuals are homeless, unable to obtain nationality or exercise basic freedoms such as education, treatment, work, or freedom of movement.
In Peshawar, Quetta, and some other places, several activities observing World Refugee Day will be organized.