PESHAWAR, Pakistan: The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Bank have assured to provide long term support to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in provision of basic amenities of life particularly in areas affected by the decades’ long stay of millions of Afghan Refugees.
The assurance by both the organizations was conveyed to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ministers Atif Khan and Shah Ram Khan Tarakai in a meeting held in Peshawar on Friday.
Both the Ministers briefed the high level delegations from Manila and Washington about the adverse effects of the long stay of millions of Afghan Refugees and also the internally and temporarily displaced populations (IDPs/TDPs) on the infrastructure, education, health, environment, tourism and communication sectors in KPK.
They also informed the delegations about PTI led government’s efforts to eradicate the difficulties of the people at large. They informed the KPK government had embarked upon long term planning for the province which could bring about a long lasting change in the lives of people.
They informed the delegations in detail about the sector wise planning in education, health, tourism, infrastructure, environment and human development sectors. They were also informed that the longest stay of refugees in greatest numbers in history had badly affected every sphere of life in KPK.
After detail deliberations, it was agreed that the concerned authorities of the province would share the details of the proposed schemes in these sectors and workout the amount of assistance within a few days.