UNHCR to assist repatriation of Waziristanis
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Senior United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officials on Tuesday said they would try to pave the ground for voluntary repatriation of Pakistani refugees from southeastern Khost province as per their wishes.
Ayaki Ito, the senior UNHCR official, who arrived from Geneva, was addressing a gathering of elders from refugee families of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) at their camp in the Garbuz district.
Ayaki said UNHCR would provide necessary assistance to refugees wishing return to their home country.
While talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, the UNHCR official said he visited Khost to know problems facing the refugees and see in which areas they could help them.
Maya Ameratunga, the UN agency’s country representative in Afghanistan, who accompanied Ayaki, expressed her concerns over the situation of refugees.
She said living the life of immigrants was difficult and the refugees themselves could better understand what problems and difficulties they passed through.
Elders from the Waziristan refugees said their repatriation to Pakistan in the current circumstances was not favourable and urged the provision of facilities in Afghanistan.
As many as 500,000 families fled homes from Waziristan and migrated to Afghanistan after the Pakistani army launched a major offensive against militants in the country’s tribal areas near the Afghan border.
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