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Afghan refugees are not solely Pakistan’s responsibility: UN

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

21st Feb, 2020. 08:06 pm
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Afghan refugees

United Nations Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that caring for the Afghan refugees is not solely Pakistan’s responsibility but the international community also needs to help.

While talking to the reporters at regular media briefing in New York he has urged international community to continue helping Pakistan, which has been shouldering the burden of millions of Afghan refugees over the past 40 years.

He said part of the reason for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ visit to Pakistan was to bring attention to the plight of the Afghan refugees.

Earlier, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres lauded Pakistan’s efforts for maintaining peace and stability in the region.

He also appreciated Islamabad’s steps to defeat terrorism.

Pakistan has been hosting 3 million refugees for 40 years, FM

The UN Secretary General, during his four-day stay in Pakistan participated in the “International Conference on 40 Years of Hosting Afghan Refugees in Pakistan: A New Partnership for Solidarity” and delivered a keynote address.

He appreciated Pakistan for hosting Afghan refugees from last four decades.

He also urged upon the international community to come forward to help Pakistan.

The UN chief also held meetings with President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He also held a separate meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Antonio Guterres lauded Pakistan’s efforts in fight against terrorism.

The UN chief also paid special visits to Lahore and Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.

António Guterres said Kartarpur Corridor was indeed a true picture of prevalent interfaith harmony in Pakistan for the entire world.

António Guterres lauded Pakistan for constructing the corridor for facilitating Sikh pilgrims.

The secretary general visited zero point and different parts of Gurdawara, and said he felt like home in Pakistan, said a press release.

During his visit to Lahore, he had visited Shahi Qila and Badshahi Mosque as well.

On his return, an album containing pictures of his four day visit to Pakistan was presented to him.



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