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On the World Refugee Day, we reaffirm Pakistan’s solidarity and support for the refugees across the globe.

Pakistan is proud of its historic role and contribution in shaping the normative and legal regime for protection of refugees.

From the Polish refugees in late 1940s, Burmese refugees in the 1970s, and Bosnian refugees in early 1990s, Pakistan has always been a generous host to people seeking safety, shelter and protection, irrespective of ethnicity, creed or religion.

2019 marks 40 years of presence of millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. By opening our home and hearts, the people of Pakistan have demonstrated exemplary hospitality towards their Afghan sisters and brothers.

Our resources may have been modest, yet we have always endeavoured to uphold the values of compassion, generosity and hospitality.

These values find expression in the opportunities provided by Pakistan- social mobility, employment, access to health and education for Afghan and other refugees. The decision announced by the Government to allow registered Afghan refugees to open bank accounts in Pakistan is another reflection of these values.

Pakistan commends the work of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the face of growing refugees, dwindling resources and rising intolerance against refugees.

On this important occasion, Pakistan calls for faithful adherence by all to the principle of international responsibility and burden-sharing when it comes to protecting the refugees.

Even as the UNHCR and hosting countries provide protection and support, these measures are no substitutes for scaling up efforts to prevent conflicts from erupting, help resolve long-standing disputes, create conducive conditions in the countries of origin, and assist in accelerating voluntary, safe and dignified return of refugees to their homes.

20 June 2019

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