Islamabad—Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Wednesday, said that Pakistan had borne the brunt of the global war on terrorism and the economy had suffered huge losses during the last many years. Pakistan had also hosted more than 3 million refugees for more than 3 decades.
Talking to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Fillippo Grandi here he said that Pakistan had single-handedly managed the resources for operation Zarb-e-Azb against the militants as well as meeting the financial requirements of the internally displaced families.
He said that with the presence of an elected government in Afghanistan, the situation for repatriation of Afghan refugees should improve. The international community also needs to play its due role in ensuring that conducive atmosphere is created in Afghanistan for voluntary return of Afghan refugees. Government of Pakistan is fully committed to a solution strategy for Afghan Refugees which we want UNHCR to help implement.
Grandi conveyed his best wishes for speedy recovery of the Prime Minister to the Finance Minister. The Finance Minister thanked the High Commissioner and assured him that his best wishes would be conveyed to the Prime Minister. The Finance Minister welcomed the guest and appreciated the continued support of the UNHCR in handling the refugee situation in the presence of around 2.5 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan for over three decades now.