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  • Prisoners get free telephone calls facility

    SAHIWAL: Around 20 telephone booths have been set up in the Central Jail Sahiwal to allow prisoners to talk to their families and lawyers under surveillance...

    “There will be no call charges as a telephone operator will dial the number for inmates...

  • Erdogan congratulates Imran on election performance via telephone

    Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday telephoned Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to congratulate him on his party's successful performance in the recently-held general elections, the PTI media cell said...

    Earlier on Monday, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had telephoned Imran Khan, congratulating him over his party's victory in the general elections and conveying best wishes for Pakistan...

  • PM Imran, Turkish President Erdogan discuss regional developments in telephone call

    According to a press release issued by the Prime Minister's Office, President Erdogan "extended sympathies and condolences over the loss of precious lives in recent terrorist incidents in Pakistan"...

    The two leaders also observed that "bilateral collaboration in diverse fields would be further strengthened" during the next session of the Pakistan-Turkey High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) which is scheduled to be held in...

  • Pakistan world's largest host of refugees: UNHCR

    Pakistan has continued to host the largest number of refugees in the world over the last three decades, read a report by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)...

    Pakistan had generously hosted the world's largest refugee population for three decades, and it was essential to mobilise more support from the international community, the report recommended...

  • UNHCR chief praises Pakistan for hosting Afghan refugees

    PESHAWAR: In a joint press conference with Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) Abdul Qadir Baloch in Peshawar on Wednesday, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Chief Antonio Guterres appreciated the government and people of Pakistan for having generously hosted the world's largest protracted refugee population over a period of three decades...

    ""Unfortunately in the past the Afghan government was not...

  • Pakistan to hold talks with Kabul, UNHCR for early return of refugees

    ISLAMABAD: The government deci­ded on Thursday to engage the Afghan go­vernment and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in talks to devise concrete steps to ensure an early and sustained repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan...

    The decision was taken at a meeting co-chaired by Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Min­i­s­ter for States and Frontier Regions (Saf­ron) Abdul Qadir...

  • More than 380,000 Afghans return from Pakistan in 2016: UNHCR

    More than 380,000 registered Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan this year, the highest number since 2007, the United Nations said Friday, adding it handed out $135 million in cash assistance in the last three months alone...

    Fears of a crackdown on refugees in Pakistan along with a doubling of the UN's cash grant for voluntary returnees to $400 saw a surge over the border after July this year, the UN has said...

  • Governor, UNHCR team discuss issue of refugees

    QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai has said that the extraordinary economic and political changes taking place from South Asia to Central Asia will pave the way for durable peace and prosperity in the region, especially in Pakistan and Afghanistan...

    He was talking to UNHCR representatives who called on him here on Thursday to discuss problems being faced by Afghan refugees and their return to Afghanistan...

  • UNHCR goodwill envoy arrives from China

    ISLAMABAD: The UNHCR’s Goodwill Ambassador in China Yao Chen arrived here on Tuesday on a four-day visit to meet Afghan refugees and garner support for the education of their children...

    She commended Pakistan for its exemplary hospitality towards refugees and said the country’s contribution to the global refugee cause deserved full recognition and support by the international community, “particularly at the time when we witness...

  • UNHCR in a dilemma over Afghans’ repatriation

    5 million Afghan refugees as their legal status in Pakistan will expire at the end of December...

    Head of the UNHCR sub-office Peshawar Jacques Franquin said in a press briefing on Tuesday that apart from voluntary repatriation, the world body was trying to convince Pakistani authorities to integrate certain number of registered refugees...

  • UNHCR to provide medical gadgets to Munshi Hospital

    LAHORE: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will provide necessary medical gadgets worth Rs22...

    According to a handout, Adviser on Health Khwaja Salman Rafique said earlier the UNHCR had also provided Rs30m for the renovation of maxillofacial ward at Mayo Hospital...

  • UNHCR project launched in Ziarat school

    QUETTA: The United Nations refugee agency has initiated an education project in Ziarat under a programme aimed at improving educational facilities in various districts of Balochistan...

    The first-of-its-kind project was launched through the partner organisations of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – the Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP) and the Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees...

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