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Pakistan has promised assisting Afghan refugees: IOM

Pakistan has promised assisting Afghan refugees: IOM

May 20, 2017 - 20:50

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Deputy director general of the International Organization for Migrationinfo-icon (IOM), Laura Thompson, on Saturday said Pakistaninfo-icon had promised to address Afghan refugees’ issues and to formally recognize them.

Thompson visited Torkham border crossing to oversee the situation of returning Afghan families on Saturday.

She told reporters that her aim of visiting Afghanistaninfo-icon was to assess the Afghan refugees’ situation and to see if the assistance by UNHCR was properly used.

“I met Afghan authorities and humanitarian colleagues here, reaching a coordination is aimed at making more efforts to address the issues of returning refugees.”

In her a brief visit to Torkham Township, she oversaw the assistance provision and called for needed steps.

The online database system for registration at the zero point area has allowed the returning families to receive aid. “This database enables aid organizations to find where the returnees are.”

The IOM’s deputy director general went on to say that Pakistan had promised to support the IOM in addressing issues of Afghan refugees.

“Our office in Pakistan has been in contact with the Pakistani government and has submitted suggestions for resolving Afghan refugees’ problems. Pakistan as a member country of IOM has promised to resolve refugees’ issues besides officially recognizing them there.”

She assured his organization had devised a plan for Afghan refugees and would continue the mission with Afghan and Pakistani governments until all the refugees returned to their home country.



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