Pakistan to horde celebration of 40 years of hosting Afghan Refugees

Zahra Kazmi

Islamabad is again going to be the centre-view of global media for Pakistan is hosting an international conference about Afghan refugees. The Government of Pakistan and UNHCR jointly to horde an international conference to mark the completion of 40 years of holding Afghan refugees. The conference is scheduled for 17-18 February 2020

A UNHCR issued statement told that United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres, the UNHCR High Commissioner Mr. Filippo Grandi, Special Ambassador for Afghanistan Reconciliation Mr. Zalmay Khalilzad, Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr. Imran Khan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan Mr. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi, UNHCR National Goodwill Ambassador in Pakistan Ms. Mahira Khan, Turkish Minister for Interior Süleyman Soylu, and few other international dignitaries are likely to attend the conference

The conference includes speeches by the attendees, remarks by the UNSG Antonio Guterres, roundtable conferences and media briefings. This conference is mainly regarding Afghan refugees who have migrated from Afghanistan to Pakistan since the year 1980 as the consequence of the Russian invasion in Afghanistan. The main purpose to hold this conference is to bring more awareness about refugees and emphasize the issues faced by them, and to induce the international community and stakeholders to continue the financial support for refugees around the world

The conference aspires to highlight the generosity, cordiality, and benevolence of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Iran for hosting one of the largest refugee populations in the world for four decades. Furthermore, the conference aims to rouse the extended support to establish conditions for deliberate expulsion and sustainable recuperation of refugees in Afghanistan, and increased international burden- and responsibility-sharing with host countries, in line with the Solution Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR) and the Global Compact on Refugees

Despite the fact that Pakistan is not a signatory of 1951 and the 1967 United Nations Conventions and Protocols on Refugees, Pakistan has hosted over four millions of Afghan refugees. As per government affirmations, all the refugees are relishing the rights and facilities equivalent to any other Pakistani citizens, and without any discriminations. Around 68 percent of the total refugees are living in the populous areas, maintaining their own businesses and properties, and 32 percent are in the refugee camps.


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