Registered Afghan Refugees can stay in Pakistan by 31st December this Year-PM Approved
SAFRON to take up matter with Afghan authorities and United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has approved six month extension in the stay of registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan . In a direction to the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, the Prime Minister said that Afghan refugees can stay in Pakistan by 31st December this year. He directed the ministry of SAFRON to take up matter with Afghan authorities and United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees in this regard. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan will supply wheat free of cost to the refugee camps to be set up in Afghanistan for three years as a goodwill gesture. He said the wheat will be provided on the basis of number of members in a family.
Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN Dr. Maleeha Lodhi addressed to the UN Economic and Social Council. Pakistan has urges United Nations collective action to meet humanitarian needs of millions of displaced around the world. Maleeha Lodhi hopes that the international community's response to the world's weak and vulnerable is based on compassion and a spirit of brother-hood. She also urges the international community to prioritize the issue of Afghan refugees and help Pakistan and Afghanistan in their repatriation and resettlement in an honorable and sustainable manner. She calls on the global community to better appreciate Pakistan 's hospitality and its challenges in hosting the most protracted presence of refugees anywhere in the world. About 130 million people around the world requiring aid and an unprecedented 65 million are displaced.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal in Islamabad today
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has reiterated resolve of the Government to forge economic cooperation, enhancing trade and promoting communication linkages with Afghanistan. The Finance Minister said that both countries could play their due role in developing regional connectivity which would help open up the way to greater economic opportunities. He emphasized the need to streamline movement of people across the border as it would in turn facilitate trade and economic activities. Afghan Ambassador described the recent incidents at the Pak-Afghan border as unfortunate. He expressed the confidence that the two countries would continue to maintain close contacts with a view to prevent such happenings.
“India must free Hurriat conference leadership illegally detained, before Eid ul Fitar”- All Parties Hurriyet Conference
In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Front (JKNF), Nayeem Ahmed Khan, have demanded release of all illegally detained Kashmiris before Eid-ul-Fitr. Nayeem Ahmed Khan in a statement in Srinagar said that hundreds of Kashmiris, who were languishing in different jails because of their particular political ideology, were facing tough times. The Kashmiri prisoners are scripting a new history of resistance by exhibiting steadfastness and patience. The whole Kashmiri nation is heavily indebted to those who have been put behind bars for demanding their right to self-determination,” he said.
Human Rights Violations
- Total Killings 94,366
- Custodial Killings 7,054
- Civilians Arrested 134,706
- Structures Arsoned/Destroyed 106,068
- Women Widowed 22,815
- Children Orphaned 107,569
- Women gang-raped / Molested 10,185
- Total Killings * 21
- Custodial Killings 8
- Tortured/Critically Injured 71
- Civilians Arrested 591
- Structures Arsoned/Destroyed 4
- Disappeared 0
- Children Orphaned 3
Muhammad Nazeer Khan (Leader, PML-N):
“This is holy month of Ramzan and we should pray for refugees who are away from their homes. Our leader has announced 6 months extension in their stay in Pakistan and asked for providing food and other utilities to the refugees. Afghans are our brother and their respectable return is our responsibility. They are living here for 35 years and now it is the time for peaceful return to their own country. We have to stop Indian involvement in Pakistan’s internal matters.”
Engineer Rashid (Member Legislative Assembly, Occupied Kashmir):
“Hurriyat Party leadership is arrested most of the times and I do not think authorities will release the leaders easily. The government here is playing in the hands of RSS and it is prone to aggression and injustice with common citizens. We want to exercise our right of self determination at all possible costs. India considers us second rate citizens and Kashmir has practically become a police state. India is denying our right of vote to determine our future. If Britain’s exit from EU is accepted globally, our right should also be recognized.”