Fu­ture of Afghan refugees

Southasia - - ON RECORD -

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,

Kan­da­har, Afghanistan

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