Afghan Ambassador & IRC Mission meets CM

Peshawar: Afghan govt has decided to benefit from services and experience of various social sectors of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt. Afghan govt has also decided to prefer manpower of this adjacent Pak province in jobs especially in reconstruction activities.

Similarly it is decided to form a joint tripartite committee of the concerned authorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govts to meet regularly on monthly basis and sort out mutual issues and solve it accordingly as well as to explore ways and means to further cement friendship bonds on govts and peoples levels. Transit trade, control on Afghan illicit sims, security and maintenance of highways on both side of borders and others issues were also discussed and necessary decisions were taken.

In this regard Afghan Ambassador Janan Mosazai along with Consul General Syed Muhammad Ibrahimkhel called on the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak here and discussed with him all such matters of mutual interest. He thanked the provincial govt for facilitating stay of millions of Afghan refugees in this province despite enough financial and other internal problems of the provincial govt.

He also lauded comprehensive reforms agenda of the K-P govt, eliminating corruption, ensuring transparency and bringing about positive changes in all sectors of life saying that like locals, the Afghan citizens staying here are also liking emerge of good governance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. CM’s Advisor on Economic Affairs Rafaqatullah Babar and other authorities were also present.

Pervez Khattak on this occasion shared grief with Afghan ambassador on tragic incident of landslide in Badakhshan province that claimed thousands of Afghans’ lives and rendered thousands homeless. He however thanked Afghan govt on peaceful completion of the 1st phase of general elections in Afghanistan saying it would prove milestone in bringing about durable peace and strengthening democracy there.

He while thanking Afghan emissary for the compliments about his PTI-led govt said that Pak Afghan people shared centuries old trade and cultural relations. “Being neighbouring country, the people of K-P and Afghanistan besides having strong linguistic, cultural, religious and trade links, even enjoyed close family relations on both sides”, he maintained and underlined the need of further cementing such mutual cordial relations on govts and peoples sides by providing maximum facilities to each other.

He assured that our govt would provide all possible facilitation to the Afghan refugees in camps here but it would be so good if Afghan govt arrange for their education here.

He deplored that no proper heed was given to education of Afghan refugees in the past to enable them join reconstruction of their homeland on repatriation. He said lack of education coupled with poverty and employment were the core reasons behind the current issues of unrest and terrorism on both sides. He said though these were not addressed in the past but even then positive changes were expected if we took it seriously.

Meanwhile International Rescue Committee (IRC) Mission led by Country Director Zeljko Jack Toncic also called on KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak at CM Secretariat Peshawar and briefed him on IDPs and Afghan refugees related welfare programme in the province.

The Country Director IRC told the chief minister that the mission is busy in looking after displaced persons living in different tent villages including Afghan Refugees and Jalozai IDPs Camp and interested in further expansion of the relief programme. However, he said that the issuance of NOCs by the different authorities of the federal and provincial home departments are creating hurdles in it.

The chief minister while appreciating the efforts of the mission said the provision of better residential facilities; food, education and water & sanitation facilities are inevitable for the displaced people. In past, he said no proper attention was paid to it, which multiplied the miseries of both Afghan and internal displaced persons. However, he said they wanted indiscriminate service of these affected people without caring for language, colour, race, religion and nationality.

The chief minister said that the provincial is ready is for extending full cooperation to international agencies in this regard as we want the provision of such facilities, which are usual right of the people. He said that they are justified in having expectations from all international relief agencies including United Nations to give equal importance to the welfare of all people.

He directed the concerned authorities for convening of a joint meeting with the mission for the fulfilment of the actual requirements and problems faced by IDPs and evolving of a comprehensive strategy in this regard.

The mission thanked the provincial government for taking keen interest in the activities of the organization and assurance of cooperation by the chief minister and explained that such sincere cooperation is spreading positive message in world community. On this occasion, Advisor to CM on Economic Affairs, Rafaqatullah Babar, Secretary Home, Syed Akhtar Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to CM Mohammad Ashfaq Khan and concerned authorities of PDMA, Rescue4 1122 were also present.

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