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Pakistan to host quadrilateral meeting on Afghan refugees

Islamabad, Pakistan will be hosting a quadrilateral meeting of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Afghan refugees ' challenges, local media reported.

According to reports quoting Minister of State for States and Frontier Regions Shehryar Afridi the meeting will be held on June 17 in Islamabad.

The minister said that Pakistan had been a host to millions of Afghan refugees for the last four decade and this has been an unprecedented example of generosity and brotherhood that has been shown by Pakistan despite its financial restraints and meager resources.

During the 40 years of hospitality and sacrifices for refugees, there was not a single incident of conflict between refugees and Pakistani hosts despite differences in culture and life style of people of two countries, he added.

He said there are approximately three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan, including more than 1.4 million registered refugees.

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan announced and thereafter allowed opening of bank accounts at Afghan refugees in Pakistani banks as a good will gesture.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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