Pakistan as a responsible state desires to protect refugees from the harmful effects of their plight, Inayat Ullah Khan

Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Inayat Ullah Khan has Said that “SACH” struggle for change as a non-governmental and non profitable organization working to exterminate torture and violence from society and to protect marginalized communities.

The organization is not only supporting Pakistani community, but also focuses closely on the refugee population. SACH has been closely collaborating with various international organizations and embassies on human rights issues including refugee issues. These collaborations range from implementing partnerships with UNHCR, EU, US Embassy Australian embassy and Canadian High Commission.

In such an endeavor, SACH has conducted a seminar in Peshawar with the support of United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in commemoration of the World Refugee Day on June 19, 2014.

Mr. Awais ur Rehman from SACH – Struggle for Change shared in his welcome note the objectives of the seminar. He gave a brief introduction of the organization and shared with audience that the organization is devoted to the victims of violence and torture.

The discussion took place within the context of World Refugee Day. The purpose of the seminar was to draw public’s attention to millions of refugees around the globe who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, conflict and fear of persecution.

Another key point in the seminar was highlighted by Mr. Hammad from Commissionerate Afghan Refugees that was to provide humanitarian assistance and relief to the Afghan Refugees in Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa.

The violence leaves its adverse psychological impact and it’s not a hidden fact that refugees are most vulnerable population to violence and torture. A session by Ms. Nazima Nasir, clinical psychologist, highlighted the disturbed psychological patterns due to violence.

The role of Police and Judiciary in the enforcement of law and order for making living conditions better for refugees is vital. Spook person from Police Mr. Iqbal Khan identified and described the roles and duties for the future enhancement of refugee’s life.

Mr. Tajamul Hayat Khan, Chairman ICMS College system, Mr. Usman Marwat, Ex Nazim Hayatabad, Ms. Maryum Bibi, Chief Exective Khwendo Kor and President of Afghan Youth Union participated in the seminar. They appreciated SACH efforts and expressed their views about the World Refugee day.

The distinguished Chief Guest, KP Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan shared that Pakistan as a responsible state desires to protect refugees from the harmful effects of their plight. He further added that the government of Pakistan believes that the refugees’ rights must be protected in the country of asylum.

In her vote of thanks speech, Ms. Shazia Azhar from SACH shared that the organization is working for the refugees living in Pakistan. She shared that Pakistan is the host to one of the largest refugee population in the world and SACH has been working for these refugee for the last 20 years. The seminar will serve as a framework to develop a better understandings regarding refugee’s lives and their conditions, as well as to enable law enforcement authorities to mainstream refugee issues.

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