PESHAWAR: Indrika Ratwatte, Representative of United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called on Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan here at Governor’s House Friday and discussed matters pertaining to the Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Mr. Jacques Franguin, head of UNHCR Sub-office Peshawar was also accompanying the High commissioner.
The Governor welcomed Mr. Indrika Ratwatte on his visit to Pakistan and appreciated the UNHCR’s engagement with Pakistan over return of Afghan refugees to their homeland. The Governor said that if successful repatriation of Afghan refugees will be ensured and peace should be maintained in Afghanistan and Pakistan, it will resolve major problems of the region. He said that rehabilitation of Afghan refugees should be in secure manner.
The Governor said that Pakistan shares multiple ethnic, religious and cultural commonalities with Afghanistan, adding that peace, stability and development of Afghanistan is in the best interest of the government and people of Pakistan. He reaffirmed government’s commitment to the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process, saying that it was the most viable way to end violence and bring durable peace and stability to Afghanistan and the region.
The Governor said that over the last 3 decade, Pakistan has been a patient host to millions of Afghan refugees on its soil and urged the need for the UNHCR and the international community for playing its role in creating conducive conditions for the early return of
Afghan refugees from Pakistan. He assured that Pakistan would continue to work with UNHCR, the Afghan government to ensure honorable return of the refugees and their sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan.
Mr. Indrika Ratwatte expressed deep condolence on the recent tragic incident of terrorist attacks in Pakistan.