Increasing number of refugees big threats to world: Baloch
Over 1.5m Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan for 36 years
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.