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Mashaal seeks facilities for legal Afghans in Pakistan

Mashaal seeks facilities for legal Afghans in Pakistan

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Jan 06, 2019 - 17:54

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon’s ambassador to Pakistaninfo-icon Atif Mashaal has asked all Afghan consul generals to address problems Afghan refugees face in the neighboring country soon as possible.

A statement from the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad to Pajhwok Afghan News said that the newly-appointed Afghan envoy to Pakistan met with Afghan consul generals based in Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar cities and discussed with them Afghan refugees and business related issues.

The meeting was attended by a number of Afghan diplomats who were directed by the new ambassador to increase their coordination and cooperation.

Mashaal asked the meeting participants to encourage Afghan and Pakistani traders to invest in Afghanistan and provide them needed facilities.

He also stressed strengthened relations with Pakistan and respect for mutual interests of the two countries.

The Afghan envoy asked the consul generals to work towards addressing problems of Afghan refugees based in Pakistan in a right and timely manner.

According to UNHCR, around two million Afghan refugees are still living in Pakistan.

Mashaal also met with UNHC representative for Pakistan Ruvendrini Menikdiwela and both discussed problems of the Afghan refugees in that country.

Mashaal during the meeting told Menikdiwela that Afghan refugees living legally in Pakistan should be able to have bank accounts, driving license and run businesses and other similar facilities.

He also talked about educationinfo-icon curriculum for Afghan refugee students in Pakistan and said Afghan children in the host country had the right to study in their native languages and the UNHCR should cooperate in this regard.

Few days back, Afghan refugees’ representatives in Pakistan shared their problems with the new Afghan envoy in Islamabad. Mashaal assured them he would try to address their problems.

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