Today, on 20th June, the world observes ‘World Refugee Day’. Alhamdulillah, we Karachites are so proud that this city always has space for the Afghan and Hazara and Bengali Communities. All of these refugees are in the state of well being in Karachi and its outskirts. We are always thankful for their contributions to our society.
Today, Global unity is more important than ever before. Every one of us has the power to change the world if the opportunity is given. We Pakistanis, as a nation always stand for our Afghan brothers and sisters and welcomed them in our country from the first day of the Afghan-Soviet war.
In June 2019, Pakistani PM Imran Khan announced an extension during Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit for Afghans to stay in Pakistan until June 2020.
Pakistan is home to an estimated 25 lacs (undocumented) Afghans out of which 14 lacs (approx) Afghans are registered as refugees.
Pakistan hosts more than 15 lacs registered Afghans and helped more than 50 thousand Afghan children to enroll in primary schools in 2018.
We all know that this day is celebrated all over the world to remind us of the contribution of Refugees in our societies. There are more than 7 million refugees around the world displaced from their homelands by force out of which more than 30 million are kids and teenagers. It is a very alarming situation, the future of these kids is on stake.
We Muslims believe in our Holy Book ‘Al Quran’ in which Allah instructs all of us to maintain equilibrium.
Even our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was welcomed by ‘Ansaar’ in the Holy city ‘Medina’ when He (PBUH) was forcefully exiled from the Holy city of ‘Makkah’.
Welcoming the Refugees is not only Muslim beliefs’. It’s a basic human right and it must not be violated by anyone.
We also share some figures in this blog and also share the amazing facts about how the other countries except Pakistan share their lands with Refugees from different ethnicity and religion.
We will be surprised to hear that the US alone is the biggest re-settler of the most vulnerable refugees in the world since 1970 and it welcomed more than 3 million refugees from all over the world. Although –not like Pakistan –the refugee re-settlement is a very lengthy and thorough process and it takes approximately two years and involves many US governmental agencies.
A memorable statement needs to be shared by our Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, he stated that “The Refugee Day reminds us the importance of peace, prevention and resolution of conflicts that are the main reasons of forced displacement for millions of people with their families from their home, and Pakistan’s efforts in advocacy and care for protecting one of the largest protected refugee population in the world”…