UNHCR Pakistan Head greatly appreciates the compassion with which Pakistan has hosted Afghan refugees for the last four decades

The representative in Pakistan for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ms. Ruven Menikdiwela called on Minister of state for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi today in Islamabad.

In the meeting, matters related to refugees issues came under discussion. 

UNHCR Pakistan Head greatly appreciated the compassion with which Pakistan has hosted Afghan refugees for the last four decades. 

Minister of State said that we value the contribution of UNHCR towards humanity. Particularly, UNHCR played a crucial role for rehabilitation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

State Minister stressed that it is our ultimate objective as a responsibile nation to serve the humanity.

Minister of State also stated that our achievements and successes   in War on Terror and    hosting refugees have not been fully appreciated across the globe.

He also said that Interior Ministry will go extra mile to support UNHCR in the interest of humanity.

State Minister also said that UNHCR in collaboration with Government of Pakistan should take steps to highlight the Afghan  refugees issue in Pakistan. 

He added that the world community has not rendered the  due importance to the refugees issue in Pakistan in the recent past.

UNHCR representative said that Pakistan is the second Muslim country in the world that is hosting 1. 4 million Afghan refugees. She also assured that UNHCR will continue to support and assist Pakistan in resolution of refugees issue.

PTI govt believes in regular interaction with business community

KARACHI, Oct 15 (APP):Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi on Monday said the PTI government believed in regular interaction with the business community and he would maintain

regular contact with the Karachi businessmen in person or through the high officials of organizations and agencies working under his ministry.

He was here on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan without any invitation and  would be visiting in future too to get their input for better working of the organizations under his

ministry as the private sector was the main stakeholder in the country's development, he said while addressing the leadership and members of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).

KCCI President Junaid Ismail Makda and former presidents Siraj Kassam Teli, who is also chairman of the Businessmen Group in the chamber, A Q Khalil, Anjum Nisar, Muffasar Malik and Abdullah

Zaki were prominent among those who were present on the occasion.

Afridi said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership and the government realized that peace of mind to the business community with sense of security of their lives and property was imperative for

bringing economic prosperity and development in the country.

It was committed to improve law and order, besides provision of a conducive business environment, he added.

The minister said all the stakeholders, including the common people, businessmen and industrialists would have to create sense of ownership and the government could not implement its economic and

social agenda without  consultation with them.

"We will give you due weightage and will not take any important decision regarding trade, industry and investment without your input," Afridi assured.

He said some 18 departments and organizations, including Federal Investigation Agency, Rangers, Coast Guards, Immigration, NADRA and others, were operating under his ministry, whose senior officers would be visiting KCCI to help solve the issues being faced by the business community.

He said the PTI government wanted to strengthen the national institutions, which had been destroyed by the past regimes. He said the PTI came into power with an agenda of 35 points, three of which pertained to his ministry - execution of the National Action Plan, National Security and Respect to the Citizens.

He said as mentioned by the KCCI leaders that a prosperous Karachi was must for the country's prosperity. The mega city had great economic potential. Karachi was  like a motherly city, where from every part of the country came to earn their livelihood, he added. The minister said the PTI government was making all efforts to promote national solidarity and unity, and transform Pakistan into a true welfare Muslim state as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He said the federal government was extending full cooperation and support to the provinces. Afridi said he would meet Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah later in the day. He wished to have a meeting with Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as well for mutual understanding and to make joint efforts for the socio-economic uplift of the province. He said the national economy was in a shambles and the government had no option but to approach the International Monetary Fund for a bailout package. The PTI government, he said, was fully

alive to the problems of the common man, who found it very difficult to even fulfill their basic needs. Indirect taxes on each and every item, including those used in kitchens, was a serious issue and the government would explore different options to provide relief to the common people, he added. He urged the media to continue projecting the soft image of Pakistan before the world.

 Earlier, KCCI President Junaid Ismail Makda and leaders briefed the minister about the issues confronting the trade and industry in Karachi.

Governor, State Minister discuss steps for socio-economic uplift

KARACHI, Oct 15 (APP):Minister of State for Interior Shahryar Khan Afridi and Sindh Governor Imran Ismail discussed in

detail law and order, promotion of socio-economic and cultural activities and other important matters.

The minister, during his meeting with the Governor at the Governor House here, said coordinated and effective measures are being taken to

ensure conducive environment for investment, adding that the federal government is taking steps for the prosperity and development of the

province and for further enhancing economic activities, said a statement issued here on Monday.

On the occasion, the Sindh Governor said after the restoration of peace in Karachi, trade, socio-economic an political activities are witnessing an upward trend.

He said the present government will ensure all-out cooperation and assistance to investors, adding that the government's steps to 

provide a conducive environment for investment would prove beneficial.


French Ambassador meets Shehryar Afridi

ISLAMABAD, Oct 11 :French Ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Marc Barety has called on Minister of State for Interior, 

Shehryar Khan Afridi and discussed matters pertaining to bilateral cooperation and regional security situation.

Talking to the Ambassador, the Minister said there exist historic relations between Pakistan and France.

He said terrorism has affected the entire world and armed forces of Pakistan have played a key role in restoration of peace and security.

The Minister said Pakistan offers numerous opportunities in tourism sector.

The French Ambassador applauded Pakistan's efforts against terrorism and acknowledged civil and military sacrifices offered by nation in that regard.

He expressed desire to have long-term cooperation with Pakistan in war against terror and highlighted importance of collective efforts against terrorism.

Both sides had a very rewarding meeting and agreed to further improve relations and explore more areas to enhance cooperation in other areas as well.


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