In­creas­ing num­ber of refugees big threats to world: Baloch

Over 1.5m Afghan refugees re­sid­ing in Pak­istan for 36 years

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Mil­lions of Afghan na­tion­als who flooded to­wards Pak­istan dur­ing Soviet war in 1980 have hit 15 lacs in num­bers from last 36 years. Ac­cord­ing to United Na­tions High Com­mis­sion for Refugees, the num­ber of Afgha­nis liv­ing in Pak­istan for 36 years is more than 15 lacs and they are still un­able to go back to their home coun­try, re­ported a pri­vate news chan­nel.

How­ever, the Afghans res­i­dents are of the view that they have been liv­ing in Pak­istan for so many years and have per­ma­nently set­tled their busi­nesses and houses here.

The in­creas­ing num­ber of refugees across the globe is a big threat for the global and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should play its vi­tal role to re­solve this is­sue.

This was stated by Fed­eral Min­is­ter for States and Fron­tier Re­gions (SAFRON) Lt. Gen­eral (R) Ab­dul Qadir Baloch while ad­dress­ing at the world refugees day cer­e­mony here on Mon­day or­ga­nized by United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He said that due to the un­rest in the dif­fer­ent coun­tries in the world the refugees fig­ure in­creased and they are fac­ing so many prob­lems while Pak­istan is host­ing a large num­ber of refugees from 37 years.

He said that the grow­ing num­ber of dis­place­ment glob­ally and shrinking hu­man­i­tar­ian fund­ing is ad­versely af­fect­ing Pak­istan, who has been host­ing the world largest pro­tracted refugee pop­u­la­tion. The Min­is­ter said that “The is­sue of refugees af­fects and in­volves us all, and what it needs is un­der­stand­ing com­pas­sion and a firm re­solve to come to­gether and find real an­swers for the refugee plight”.

UNHCR’S an­nual Global Trends Re­port in­di­cates that Pak­istan with 1.5 mil­lion reg­is­tered Afghan refu- gees re­mains among the world’s lead­ing refugee host­ing coun­tries. per­cent of reg­is­ter Afghan refugees are 2nd or 3rd gen­er­a­tion born and raised in Pak­istan. Glob­ally one in six of the refugees un­der UNHCR care were from Afghanistan 2.7 mil­lion peo­ple where al­most 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple in­ter­nally dis­placed. mAc­cord­ing to the UNHCR’s GTR re­port 65.5 mil­lion peo­ple were dis­placed as of the end of 2015, com­pared to 59.5 mil­lion just twelve months ear­lier.—APP

PE­SHAWAR: Traders hold­ing a protest demon­stra­tion against Afghan govern­ment on Tues­day.

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