ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Joining the international community in commemorating the World Refugee Day, Pakistan has expressed its solidarity with refugees all around the world.
In a statement on World Refugees Day being observed on Monday, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said that this Day behoves us to reflect on the drivers of forced displacements and to reaffirm our commitment towards finding sustainable solutions for refugee situations, including through conflict prevention and resolution.
“This Day is also an occasion to reiterate our collective resolve for refugee protection under the principle of international burden- and responsibility-sharing, he said.
Refugees are the worst victims of wars & conflicts as well as poverty & economic inequality. From Syria to Palestine to Afghanistan, their plight calls for renewed policy focus & resources. World should help developing countries who continue to host large number of refugees.
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The Spokesperson said that Pakistan has shouldered the responsibility of one of the largest and most protracted refugee situations in the world for over four decades. Pakistan continues to host more than three million Afghans. Another 0.4 million Rohingyas have also found refuge in Pakistan, he said.
Asim Iftikhar said that he people of Pakistan have demonstrated exemplary generosity, hospitality and compassion towards the refugees in the Country, showcased in Pakistan’s inclusive policies on health, education and livelihoods including during the COVID-19 response.
The Foreign Office Spokesperson further said that as new situations emerge around the globe, the long-standing Afghan refugee situation must not be forgotten by the international community.
The Spokesperson said that there is a need for renewed international commitment, especially in the context of COVID-compounded socio-economic and health challenges, through regular, predictable and adequate financing for Afghan refugees including their safe and dignified return. It is equally important to undertake necessary measures for the stability and sustainable socio-economic development of Afghanistan, in order to avert the possibility of any future refugee exodus from the Country, he added.
“On this Day, Pakistan pays special tribute to UNHCR – the United Nations refugee agency – for its commendable work in support of refugees and host communities throughout the world,” he said.
“Pakistan looks forward to further strengthening its valuable partnership with UNHCR.”
“We call on the international community to support the Organization in its efforts towards durable solutions for refugees worldwide,” the Spokesperson added.