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Partners in Protection States and Frontier Regions-UNHCR inaugurate a Photo Exhibition

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Islamabad: The Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) and the UN refugee agency today inaugurated a six-day long photo exhibition cataloguing over 30 years of the partnership in assisting Afghan refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The exhibition is part of the 60th anniversary commemorations of the 1951 Refuges Convention. The photos on display illustrate the different phases and characteristics of UNHCR work in Pakistan form the arrival and return of Afghan refugees, to supporting displaced Pakistani communities.

At the opening ceremony, Federal Minister for SAFRON, Engineer Shaukat Ullah, reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to helping UNHCR and Afghan refugees finding sustainable solutions to the protracted refugee situation in the country so that they can realize a more predictable further.

“We recognize UNHCR’s proactive support to help Pakistan take on the responsibility for the uprooted populations, particularly the Afghan refugees, the world’s largest and most protracted,” Minister Shaukat Ullah said.

He said the government of Pakistan approved Afghan Repatriation and Management Strategy which offers temporary regulated and managed stay arrangements. “I would reiterate our gratitude to UNHCR and other agencies for helping us in hosting the Afghan refugees in Pakistan,” he said.

UNHCR Country Representative, Mr. Mengesha Kebede, paid rich to the hospitality and resilience of the government and people of Pakistan for hosting Afghans in the last 30 years, in the face of the country numerous challenges.

The exhibition will remain open to the public until 5 July from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. throughout the week, except Monday.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326


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