Pakistan highlighted issue of Rohingya refugees at UNHCR

ISLAMABAD : Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions Lt. Gen ® Abdul Qadir Baloch, highlighted the issue of five million Rohingya refugees at the 68th Meeting of UNHCR Executive Committee at Geneva.

While delivering Pakistan’s statement at the meeting the minister said that it was a fact that 86 per cent of refugees were hosted in developing countries, including Pakistan.

Emerging and protracted forced displacements at such a large scale create political, socio-economic, security and environmental challenges and difficulties for host countries.

The minister has presented the stance of Pakistan that root causes of displacement need to be addressed on priority basis, said a press release issued here on Tuesday.

Highlighting the stance of Pakistan, the minister said there is a need for devising a comprehensive burden sharing mechanism to address the issues of refugees all over the world.

The minister also highlighted the efforts of Pakistan with unparalleled generosity and hospitality in hosting Afghan refugees for over 38 years but Pakistan had not received due recognition for this immense public good.

The Government of Pakistan was committed to voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees in safety and with dignity.

Currently, the Government stakeholders were effectively carrying out the implementation of the Afghan Management and Repatriation Strategy, approved by the Government earlier this year.

The minister also appreciated the efforts of UNHCR in The enhancement of voluntary repatriation grant from US$ 200 to 400 during 2016 helped returnees anchor in Afghanistan. But, also cautioned against cut in any repatriation grant and also made it cleared that local integration is not considered or supported by Pakistan.

Pakistan had always supported and shall continue to support all efforts to ensure peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. A stable and prosperous Afghanistan is in our own national interest.