SAFRON Minister lauds the role of UNHCR for repatriation of Afghan refugees

Islamabad: H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres United Nations High Commissioner for Afghan Refugees called on the Federal Minister for SAFRON Engr. Shaukatullah Khan in Islamabad today. Matters pertaining to repatriation of Afghan Refugees were discussed in the meeting.

The Federal Minister said that repatriation of Afghan Refugees is most important issue of Pakistan, adding that Pakistan understand that all Afghans cannot return to their homeland due to the non conducive environment in Afghanistan, therefore, the government of Pakistan has approved management and reparation strategy envisages temporary management of Afghan in Pakistan through a flexible visa regime, work permits, student visas and other arrangements along with provision for female headed household, he maintained.

He emphasized that rehabilitation and reintegration efforts inside Afghanistan, particularly in areas of potential return has required immediate attention.

He further said that support under the RAHA initiative in Pakistan including FATA along with measures for skill development, education and health facilities for Afghans while they are on our soil, is most important and crucial aspect that also required immediate attention.

The Federal Minister expressed appreciation and gratitude on behalf of Government of Pakistan for UNHCR’s role and contribution towards the cause of Afghan Refugees, flood affectees, earthquake displacement and relief as well as displaced population due to law enforcing operations.

He assured that Pakistan would continue to adhere to the principles of voluntarism and gradualism in repatriating Afghan to their homeland. He lauded the role of UNHCR for repatriation of Afghan refugees

H.E Mr. Antonio Guterres thanked the Federal Ministry and Government of Pakistan for cooperation and coordination with the UNHCR on the process or implementing the strategy, mechanism and procedure in this respect.

Representative of UNHRS in Pakistan, Federal SAFRON Secretary Habibullah Khan Khattak, Chief Commissioner for Afghan Refugees Fida Muhammad Wazir and high officials of Ministry of SAFRON were present during the meeting.

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