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Pakistan continues to host the largest number of refugees in the world. According to a report of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Pakistan is hosting 1.45 million refugees, nearly all of them from Afghanistan. Pakistan has generously hosted the world's largest refugee population for three decades and it is essential to mobilise more support from the international community. Since March 2002, UNHCR has facilitated the return of approximately four point one million registered Afghans from Pakistan.

Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary says President Trump has made a decision on strategy for Afghanistan after a rigorous review process

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says President Donald Trump has a made a decision on the United States' strategy for Afghanistan after a "sufficiently rigorous" review process. However, Mattis did not provide details on when the White House would make an announcement or what the decision was on Afghanistan, where fighting still rages more than 15 years after U.S. forces invaded and overthrew a Taliban government. U.S. officials told Reuters that soon after taking office the Trump administration began a review of U.S. policy on Afghanistan, which has expanded into a broader South Asia review.

Analysts on Telephone:

Dr. Zahid Anwar Khan (Expert on Afghan Affairs)

UN has accepted the reality about Pakistan’s role in managing Afghan refugees. It will improve Pakistan’s status in global community. After Russian occupation of Afghanistan, Pakistan open heartedly welcomed Afghan refugees. The data in Afghan commissionerate in Peshawar shows that Pakistan gave refugees special seats in educational institutions and provided all possible facilities. Despite its own issues, Pakistan facilitated Afghanistan refugees. The entire Europe has failed to manage Middle Eastern refugees. Pakistan has acquired expertise in refugees’ management. UNHCR should facilitate repatriation of Afghan refugees now.

Dr. A. Z. Hilali (Expert on Afghan Affairs)

America's previous Afghan policy was a brainchild of Obama administration, which continued for 8 years. Obama's policy was a disaster and could not achieve desired results. With the new administration in Washington, a new South Asian and Afghanistan policy was expected by America. In the new policy, a major role is expected for Pakistan. The frequent visits of NATO commanders and American officials underscore Pakistan’s significance in regional politics. However, America will have to address Pakistan’s genuine concerns in new policy for this region.

Ch Nisar says operation against terrorists has entered into final stage severance

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar says operation against terrorists has entered into final stage and we will have to counter the terrorists with perseverance. Due to this successful operation, the graph of terrorism has come down and there is no network of terrorists on the ground. Billions of rupees are being spent on fencing of Pak-Afghan border to check the flow of terrorists into the country. During his tenure, he cancelled ninety-eight million mobile SIMs, cancelled thirty-two thousand Passports issued to foreigners besides two thousand diplomatic Passports. There is no civil-military conflict and the military has been extending support to the Interior Ministry.

Host: Arshad Malik

Co-hosts: CR Shamsi & Shakeel Chishti


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