Future of Afghan refugees
As per the latest statistics revealed by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Pakistan hosts around 1.5 million registered Afghan refugees, which is still the largest refugee population internationally. Other than the registered count, there are also many unregistered refugees who have been living in Pakistan since the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1979. Unfortunately, none of the Afghan governments have taken any measures to bring these refugees back to Afghanistan and the future of these Afghan refugees hangs in the balance. On numerous occasions, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has shown his willingness for the repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, but he has not done anything mentionable in this regard. Now it looks like the present government in Afghanistan is not really interested in bringing its displaced citizens back to the country, which is very disappointing. The Afghan government as well as the United Nations must speed up the repatriation of refugees to their motherland with dignity and respect.
Jamal Ahmed Ghani,