US offers $63m aid for Afghan DPs
ISLAMABAD (Online): United States has made an offer to provide financial assistance of 63 million dollars for the repatriation of Afghan nationals living in the federal capital.This was disclosed by newly appointed US Ambassador Vainadi Chamberlain in her meeting with Home Secretary Tasneem Noorani here Thursday.
A UN delegation for refugees was also present on the occasion. The UN delegation discussed with the home secretary the matters regarding provision of better facilities and repatriation of Afghan nationals.
The Home secretary told the delegation that Pakistan requires a lot of financial sources for shifting Afghan nationals from the cities to refugee camps, repatriation of un-registered Afghan refugees to Afghanistan and providing care to them in the camps.
Pakistan has not enough sources and it needs co-operation from world community in this regard, he added.
The US Ambassador told that $ 63 million have been earmarked for rehabilitation of refugees in US budget and these can be provided for this purpose.
Home secretary told the delegation that Pakistan has heightened monitoring system to stop illegal influx of Afghan refugees across the Pak-Afghan border but they are still coming.
Pakistan is providing utmost care to them within its resources, he added. The delegation appreciated the efforts being employed by Pakistan in assisting Afghan refugees.
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