Pakistan’s hosting of Afghan refugees in vast numbers is exemplary: Shireen Mazari

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen M Mazari has said Pakistan’s hosting of Afghan refugees in vast numbers has been exemplary and far beyond its resources.

In her message on the eve of ‘World Refugee Day’ on Thursday, she said that Pakistan continues to host Afghan refugees despite loss of interest by the World community and Prime Minister Imran Khan has moved to improve facilities for them.

Dr Shireen Mazari stated that Pakistan has done all this despite not being a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention, adding that in fact we should sign the Convention as we have gone far beyond its requirements without gaining any of the benefits and there is always more everyone can do better viz treatment of refugees.

“But what is shameful is the way developed rich states have closed their doors to refugees or been selective in admitting refugees based on religion or skills or worse still paid money to Muslim states to host refugees on their behalf,” she further added.

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