Tariq Ullah Wardak
ISLAMABAD: Minister for SAFRON and Narcotics Control Shehryar Khan Afridi Saturday said that the UNHCR had decided to replicate the Ehsaas Programme of Pakistan under which 36000 Afghan refugee families trapped in lockdown would be provided Rs 12000 each.

Addressing a gathering of Afghan refugees here after distributing food packages to 1500 families of refugees at Afghan Refugee Camp here in I-12 sector, Afridi said that in the second phase, UNHCR plans to distribute Rs 12,000 to each family among one lakh families.

On the occasion, Shehryar Afridi observed food packages among 1500 Afghan refugee families living in Afghan Camp in I-12 sector, Islamabad.

Afridi said that ‘good news’ about peace process were coming from Afghanistan as Pakistan was facilitating peace talks to help bring peace in war torn-Afghanistan.
He said that soon intra-Afghan peace talks could resume which would lay basis for peace and development of the region.

He said restoration of peace in Afghanistan would help dignified repatriation of Afghan Refugees to their own country.

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was trying his maximum efforts to help out stranded Refugees. “Now it is upto the world nations and the UNHCR to immediately divert funds towards food supplies for the trapped refugees”.

He expressed his gratitude to the governments of China and Japan for allocating funds to the UNHCR. He said that China like a true friend had decided to provide food packages to Afghan refugees.

Afridi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had raised voice at international forums for helping out the Afghan refugees trapped in the lockdown.

He said that despite intrigues and conspiracies, Pak, Afghan frienship would further strengthen.

He said despite financial difficulties, Pakistan government would keep supporting the Afghan refugees.

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