by: Ch. Muhammad Natiq
To highlight The exemplary generosity, hospitality, and compassion of people of Pakistan towards the refugees in the country.
• World Humanitarian Day is an international day dedicated to humanitarian workers and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. It is a global celebration of people helping people.
• Today, Afghans make up the largest refugee group in the world and Pakistan hosts the world’s second largest number of refugees in its territory. An estimated 3.5 million Afghan refugees are present in Pakistan since 1980s, half of which are registered, and it is speculated that about equal number of them are living unregistered.
• In the early years, the Government of Pakistan received generous support from the international community, including direct food assistance from the World Food Program (WFP) for the Afghan refugees. However, in the year 1995 the direct food assistance was withdrawn by WFP.
• Over the last four decades the Government of Pakistan has looked after millions of Afghan refugees. Currently there are approximately 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees (POR cardholders) and an additional 0.8 million ACC cardholders living in Pakistan.
• DG ISPR that “The fence on the Pak-Afghan border is needed to regulate security, border crossing and trade. The purpose of this is not to divide the people, but to protect them. The Pak-Afghan border fencing was 94% complete, We are totally focused, and under the western border management regime, the work will be completed in some time.’’
• Pakistan Army has played a key role in the Post US Withdrawal Management in Afghanistan, by playing an important role in managing the security on Western Border